What is Active Transportation?

A runner on a gravel trail

Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation that relies on physical activity, such as walking, cycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding, as opposed to motorized forms of transportation like cars or motorcycles. Active transportation has numerous health, social, and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Increasing levels of cycling or walking have been reported to improve performance at both work and school. Inducing a mode shift from the personal vehicle to active modes can result in cleaner air, increased physical activity, and increased community engagement and social interactions. Improving active transportation infrastructure also creates a safer environment for all people, as the infrastructure also improves the mobility of those members of the Pikes Peak community that do not own a motorized vehicle.


Active Transportation Plan

The Active Transportation Plan will document existing active transportation infrastructure within the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Planning Organization area and develop a long range plan in close coordination with those jurisdictions and other planning partners. The plan fits into the MPO planning requirements as a component plan for the Long Range Transportation Plan.

The active transportation plan is intended to serve the following functions:

  • Consolidate and potentially update existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure maps to provide a regional view of active transportation.
  • Describe the need and potential for development of the pedestrian, bicycle, and micromobility systems in the region.
  • Identify regional priority projects and/or corridors, significant gaps, and timely opportunities.
  • Identify and list active transportation projects that would potentially become part of the LRTP.
  • Complement and enhance member government active transportation plans and initiatives.
  • Help provide coordination, data, or other services at the regional level that would be impractical for individual member governments.
  • Provide local agencies with tools to support active transportation planning and projects to include potential funding opportunities.

Review the current Regional Nonmotorized Plan, adopted in 2017, here.


Downtown Manitou Springs, with a crosswalk sign in the foreground

Plan Development Timeline

The timeline for the development of the Active Transportation Plan is in coordination with the timeline for the development of the larger 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan

  • Fall 2023
    • Project Kickoff
    • Stakeholder outreach
    • Gather initial data
  • Winter 2024
    • Transportation Advisory Committee / Community Advisory Committee Updates
    • Community survey
  • Spring 2024
    • Develop alternatives
    • Stakeholder outreach
    • Transportation Advisory Committee / Community Advisory Committee Updates
  • Summer 2024
    • Public open house to review draft plan
    • Finalize plan approval

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Map of Existing Active Transportation Network

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Map of the trail system in El Park, Park and Teller counties.

Contacts

Jason O’Brien, Sr. Transportation Planner
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
jobrien@ppacg.org | 719-471-7080 ext 110


Resources

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