Southeast Texas Bike Plan
As a response to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2040 by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Southeast Texas Bicycle Plan was created for the Jefferson-Orange-Hardin three-county region. The plan is a guiding document or road map to help the region prioritize proposed bicycle routes along existing roads in a way that is not too prescriptive or limiting to the entities that will implement them. The end goal is to provide a basis on which to improve upon in the future. Making bicycling safer and more convenient will have positive impacts on the region’s residents in terms of improved health and increased mobility options.
From a robust public outreach process that included a series of public meetings and community advisory groups, the plan identifies suitable bicycle-friendly routes in the region. By looking into their existing conditions, the plan aims to connect major employment centers, schools, and recreational areas through bicycle facilities for recreational and commuter travel. Finally, the plan prescribes design recommendations and action steps for implementation by 2040.