Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Regional Active Transportation Plan
Executive Director, Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT)
Executive Director, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Director of Healthy Aging at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
U.S. Olympic Cyclist
State Representative Peter Schweyer
Nic Heshelman and Kelsey Miller,
Lehigh Valley trail runners
Community Bike Works Board Member
Executive Director of Community Bike Works
(From left to right) Eric, Max and Tino,
Community Bike Works members
Lehigh Valley runner and cyclist
Lehigh Valley runner and cyclist
ABOUT THE PLAN
The Lehigh Valley invests nearly $100 million a year to accommodate cars and trucks, but for the first time the LVPC is proposing a regional masterplan for pedestrians and bicyclists. Walk/BikeLV will be a comprehensive blueprint with a goal of filling the gaps in the existing road, trail and transit system to create a seamless network connecting every community in the region.
The plan will address existing conditions, lay out a strategy to fill the gaps and map out a way to both pay for it and build it. The goal of this planning effort is to create a high quality on and off road, trail and sidewalk system, connecting people and places. The plan will explore such options as regional bike share programs, dedicated bike lanes, more bus rapid transit and using trails as commuter corridors.
As population grows in the region, creating a truly coordinated multimodal network that allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely navigate the Lehigh Valley unimpeded comes with the benefits of:
• Increased mobility and options to get out of the car or even go car-free
• Reduced traffic congestion
• Supporting the transit system
• Better health though exercise and increased air quality
• More tourism and the economic benefits that come with it
• Heightened environmental resiliency by maintaining and enhancing open space
• Creating jobs by making the Lehigh Valley more attractive to international companies
• Enhanced quality of life
But this plan starts with the people who will benefit – everyone. Yes that’s you. Get engaged.
YOUR INPUT WILL MAKE
Use the interactive map link below to access the map and tell us where you currently walk and bike in the Lehigh Valley, where you'd like to go and what the barriers are.
PROJECT TIMELINE + KEY DATES
Listed below is the 2018 schedule of regular monthly meetings of the Multimodal Working Group and the Walk/BikeLV: Active Transportation Plan Open House. All meetings will be held at Northampton Community College/Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Working Group Meeting: Wednesday, September 26
Working Group Meeting: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Working Group Meeting: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Walk/BikeLV Open House: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
*Click on date to register
RESOURCES + REFERENCES
You can stay informed on the Walk/BikeLV plan progress and learn ways you can get involved by filling out the form below:
This project was financed in part by a grant from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
The preparation of this report has been financed in part through grant[s] from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, under the State Planning and Research Program, Section 505 [or Metropolitan Planning Program, Section 104(f)] of Title 23, U.S. Code. The contents of this report do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.