Who is working on the B Active Plan?

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, on behalf of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), has contracted with Toole Design Group to develop the B Active Plan, which is the branded name for the Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan.  (www.rpcgb.org)

What are the study limits of the B Active Plan?

The study limits for the plan will cover the Greater Birmingham Region, an area comprised of all of Jefferson and Shelby counties, along with portions of St. Clair and Blount counties.

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What is the purpose of the B-Active Plan?

The B-Active Plan is intended to help establish a clear vision for short- and long-term projects that are needed to build a safer, more connected, and equitable active transportation system for the region. The Plan will serve as a resource for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to plan, fund, and ultimately build more bicycle and trail facilities, and will provide guidance for the region’s local municipalities when developing their bicycle and pedestrian elements. The Plan will describe how the region is working together to connect and support active transportation.

Key considerations that the B-Active Plan will include:

  • Where are the major gaps and barriers in the regional bicycle and trail system today
  • What is needed to attract new users to the active transportation network (i.e. to make people feel safer commuting by bicycle)?
  • How can we increase regional connectivity?
  • What and where are the key projects needed for implementation?

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation, also known as non-motorized transportation, refers to the human-powered modes of travel such as walking and biking, primarily. The greater Birmingham regional transportation system currently lacks sufficient non-motorized provisions along many corridors where bicycling and walking should be viable travel choices–especially for short trips. In light of rising energy costs, an aging population, public health concerns, and an increasing demand for alternatives to motor vehicle travel, there is a growing need for infrastructure and development patterns that support what has widely become known as “active transportation.”

Why is the B-Active Plan important to you?

Active transportation is an opportunity for everyone. All of us are pedestrians at some point during the day. Even if you are walking between your car in the parking lot to the grocery store’s entrance, you are traveling as a pedestrian. People using walking assistance devices such as wheelchairs or walkers are also pedestrians. Whether you are an avid cyclist or you don’t ride at all, your input is valuable to creating a safe and connected active transportation network.