AMPO is exploring the development of a new working group focused on active transportation. The group will seek to build capacity amongst MPOs and advance the state of planning and implementation for bicycle, pedestrian, and non-motorized transportation projects and programs. Emerging technology and new mobility options have and will continue to fundamentally change the transportation network throughout metropolitan areas. Active transportation planning is a critical element of the metropolitan transportation planning process. The purpose of this newly developed working group will be to provide a forum for MPO staff to share practices, information, and resources as well as identify needs and gaps. Focus areas to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating with DOTs and local governments to incorporate safe and accessible active transportation into road/street projects;
- Building and expanding partnerships to advance programs and projects related to active transportation;
- Reducing barriers that can delay implementation of smaller-scale projects that use federal funds, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure;
- Advocating for safety through data and storytelling, and collaborating with a diverse group of multi-jurisdictional policymakers and stakeholders who have a similar focus (e.g., Vision Zero, Road to Zero);
- Identifying opportunities, challenges, needs, and emerging issues in active transportation planning; and
- Communicating and sharing best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with other AMPO committees and at AMPO events, as appropriate.