The City of Lincoln is Updating its Bicycle Master Plan.
This update will provide an updated representation of bicycle transportation infrastructure, needs, and priorities - both within the City - and connections to the City from surrounding areas. A key goal of the update is to develop project information that reflects recent legislative changes related to bicycle planning and funding that will allow the City to be more competitive for obtaining state/federal grant funding for bikeway improvements.
Throughout this process, public input will guide the identification of existing needs and concerns, and ensure that recommended improvements complement community expectations. Ultimately, final recommendations for priority bikeway improvement projects will be identified. The update to the City of Lincoln’s Bikeway Master Plan is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2018.
Components of this plan include:
- Compliance with state and federal requirements applicable to grant funding programs
- Support future development planned or anticipated within the City and surrounding communities
- Provide requisite data, information, performance metric, and capital improvement recommendations to inform the City’s progress in implementing its’ General Plan
- Identify 10 priority bicycle improvements for implementation
The following map is provided for public comment and input on the following topics:
- Identification of current bicycle facility deficiencies (narrow bike lanes, faded paint striping, or lack of bicycle facilities).
- Identification of gaps in bicycle facility connectivity (incomplete bicycle routes, uncomfortable/unsafe paths of travel, physical barriers to desired bicycle routes, or lack of bicycle routes)
- Identification of priority bicycle routes, either existing or desired, for a variety of trip purposes (including commute, school, personal, and recreational)
- Identification of individual comfort level on bicycle routes on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being the most comfortable; 4 being the least comfortable).
1. Why is the City updating the current 2012 Bikeways Master Plan?
To update/refresh the requisite elements required under the California Bicycle Transportation Act (BTA). Given that the 2012 Plan and the BTA requirements were developed prior to the establishment of several state/federal programs related to Active Transportation and Safety, this update will serve to better inform the Active Transportation Program (ATP), Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, Systemic Safety Analysis Resource Program (SSARP), and other potential competitive grant programs. In addition, the design standards and guidelines included in the 2012 Plan rely solely on the guidelines and design standards established by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This update will revisit these standards, but will also examine design elements in the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Streets Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Sacramento Area Council of Governments’ (SACOG) Complete Streets Resource Toolkit, and other documents that support non-state bicycle facility designs.
2. What is the key benefit or deliverable associated with this Update?
A comprehensive update of the City’s existing and future bicycle network will be performed. Of the proposed “new” bicycle improvements, a more detailed analysis will be performed to identify the top-ten bicycle improvement needs. This will better position the City of Lincoln to have “grant-ready” improvements to maximize funding opportunities for implementation.
3. What types of bikeway improvements are being considered?
All bike facility types will be considered, including:
- Class I – Bike Path: A path completely separated from the roadway for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians
- Class II – Bike Lane: A striped lane for one-way bike travel on a street or highway
- Class III – Bike Route: A roadway with signs signifying shared use of the road with bicycles and vehicles. There is nothing different about the roadway, only that is has signs posted identifying it as a bike route.
- Class IV – Protected Bike Lane: A striped bike lane separated from the roadway by a raised or striped buffer
The bicycle network will reflect presence of paths, alleys, trails, and other pathways known to provide bicycle access to land uses, transportation facilities, and recreation. In addition, the City’s bicycle parking inventory and other ancillary facilities that support bicycle usage in the City will be addressed (e.g. bike lockers, shower facilities at employment sites, etc.).
4. Will the update address bicycle facility design?
Yes. Design elements in the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Streets Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Sacramento Area Council of Governments’ (SACOG) Complete Streets Resource Toolkit, and other documents that support non-state bicycle facility designs will be applied.
5. Will the update address different users – i.e. accomplished cyclist versus novice users?
Yes. Given the different needs and skill sets of bicycle riders, a market assessment will be performed that addresses all user types and skill sets.
6. Will the update address the needs of school children and safe routes to school?
Yes. The update will specifically address school locations (half-mile buffer around elementary schools, one-mile buffer for high schools), to screen for candidate Safe Routes to School corridor improvement needs.
7. Will the public be given an opportunity to participate in the development of the plan?
Yes. A public workshop will be held on Thursday, December 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the 1st floor conference room at City Hall to kick-off the project. The purpose of the December workshop will be to receive input from the public and inform them how they can stay engaged during the update process. A follow-up workshop will be held in March (Date TBD) to share the draft plan with the public, as well as the top-10 bicycle improvement recommendations. In addition, a Project Website (click: https://www.lincolnbikewayplan.com/sample-page/ ) has been developed that includes an easy-to-use Interactive Web-based Mapping Tool for the public to provide input on where high stress locations for bicycling are and/or where bicycle improvements are needed. The interactive tool will remain active through March so the public can provide continuous input in the comfort of their own homes for a 12 week period.
8. Will the plan address connectivity with existing and planned bikeways beyond our City Limits?
Yes. The plan will be coordinated with the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency who is concurrently updating the Regional Bikeway Network.
9. Who do I contact to find out more about this update?
Key contacts for the City of Lincoln Bikeways Master Plan are:
City Project Manager: Roland Neufeld
Associate Civil Engineer
City of Lincoln
Office (916) 434-2481
Consultant Senior Project Manager: Jim Damkowitch
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814
Direct: 916-571-1018 | Mobile: 916-715-9442 | Main: 916-858-5800
Background Document Resources
- Dec. 7, 2017: Lincoln Bikeways Master Plan Presentation - PDF
- 2012 Bikeway Master Plan - PDF
- NACTO Design Guidelines - WEBSITE
- 2016 Caltrans Highway Design Manual (HDM) - WEBSITE
- City of Lincoln General Plan Circulation Element - WEBSITE
- Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) Regional Bikeway Plan (In the process of be updated) - PDF
- 2016 Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) MTP/SCS - WEBSITE
- Sacramento County Bicycle Master Plan
- City of Lincoln Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Transportation Plan