Non-Motorized Transportation Plan
Non-Motorized Transportation Plan - 2006
In 2006, the city adopted a plan to link people, schools, businesses, parks, natural resources, and cultural and historic landmarks -- to each other, and to adjacent communities.
Some goals of this plan include to utilize the plan to establish Battle Creek as a non-motorized friendly community, and to be implementation-oriented and serve as a guide for non-motorized trail, bike lane, and route signage planning, funding, design, and construction.
This plan lists many benefits of non-motorized transportation infrastructure, like providing safe routes to school, improved health, pollution reduction, and improved quality of life. Much of the work in this plan has been accomplished, but plenty remains.
Non-Motorized Transportation Plan update - 2019
The benefits and goals of the 2006 plan are still relevant today. However, new ideas and community needs are apparent. In 2019, an update to the 2006 plan will incorporate these new needs.
The city is kicking off a planning effort to update the plan. Look for public engagement opportunities in the spring and early summer, including surveys that will allow you to give input on your non-motorized activities. See the schedule of events and activities below.
The 2019 NMTP update will rely on feedback and discussions with neighbors, business owners, visitors, adjacent communities, and others.
Engagement will consist of community-wide surveys, both paper and digital; discussions and meetings with the community; meetings with Neighborhood Planning Councils; meetings with policymakers; and more.
Check out the links below to various non-motorized resources to learn more:
Connecting Communities: A Regional Vision for Non-Motorized Transportation in Southwest Michigan
(Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties)
Developed by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission with funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation
- Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways
National regulatory standards for street and highway traffic devices, like signs, lights, on-grade painting, etc.
- American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
National regulatory standards for connecting air-, water-, and land-based transportation modes.
- National Association of City Transportation Officials
Provides guidance for progressive designs in non-motorized transportation infrastructure. Not regulatory, but many cities use this as regulation.
- Michigan Department of Transportation
Southwest Regional Office - Kalamazoo
MDOT - plans and maintains the state highway system