Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The New Mexico chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NM) has awarded Bernalillo County’s Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Action Plan its 2013 Transportation Planning Award.
This coveted award recognizes planners and planning projects throughout the State of New Mexico for outstanding achievement in the use of planning principles to solve transportation problems and to improve the quality of life in their community.
The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Action Plan is a study that identifies pedestrian and bicycling issues in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County and recommends and prioritizes projects to address them. The action plan, adopted by the County Commission in 2012, establishes a “complete streets” policy, which state that “all new roadway projects should be designed to safely accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists – of different ages and abilities – as well as motorists.”
“Pedestrian and bicyclist facilities are an essential part of the Bernalillo County transportation system,” says Steve Miller, director of the Infrastructure Planning & Geo-Resources Department. “We strive to integrate them into the planning, design and ultimate construction of every project that happens in the county.”
Major elements of the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Action Plan include recommendations for sidewalks in the more urban areas, soft-pavement trails in the rural areas, bike lanes along major roads, and bike and equestrian trails for the off- road network.
The primary goal of the action plan is to ensure safety for all travelers along county roadways, to promote healthy lifestyles and recreational opportunities for all ages, and to improve air quality by reducing energy use.
The American Planning Association was created in 1978 and is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that is active in the development of vital communities. The organization is based in Washington, D.C. with chapters in all 50 states including New Mexico.
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