Draft Document Available for Review:
The draft of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan Document can be reviewed HERE. Please note that this draft is a 'track changes' version of the document, updated to include public input received at the September, 2013 Plan Commission meeting and clearly demonstrate changes that have been made. Additional comments can be made at the Plan Commission meeting and Public Hearing that will be held to consider Plan adoption.
The City of Wauwatosa is developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan to guide the development of bicycle pedestrian facilities in the city. In late 2012, the City of Wauwatosa hired Toole Design Group and the Wisconsin Bike Fed to produce a Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan. The plan assesses existing conditions for bicycling and walking, and makes recommendations to improve bicycling and walking conditions in Wauwatosa.
Why is this plan important?
Walking and bicycling are affordable, healthy and environmentally friendly ways of getting around. Many Wauwatosa residents already regularly walk or bicycle for transportation, exercise or just for fun. However, to make walking and bicycling appealing and accessible to more people, improvements should be made to the City’s walkway and bikeway network. This plan provides a path for the City to follow as it works with limited resources to provide safe and accessible transportation options to Wauwatosa residents.
What Does the plan provide?
The Wauwatosa Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan focuses on increasing bicycle and pedestrian access and connections within Wauwatosa as well as connections to adjoining communities.The Plan provides recommendations focused on what are often known as the “Five E’s:”
Engineering: Improvements to physical infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes, bicycle boulevards and shared-use paths.
Encouragement: Activities focused on encouraging people to walk and bike more such as Bike-to-Work-Week, bike rodeos and other events.
Education: Efforts focused on educating all users about the rules of the road. This includes motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Enforcement: Proper enforcement of the rules of the road for all users.
Evaluation: Measuring efforts to improve bicycling and walking conditions including bike counts, miles of bike lanes or sidewalks, and other data collection.
Focusing on the Five E’s ensures that the plan will offer holistic recommendations bicycling and walking.
The draft plan will be going through the City approval process according to the TENTATIVE meeting schedule listed below. Meeting dates could vary if additional review time is necessary.
Monday, February 10, 2014 (7 PM) - Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (8 PM) - Community Development Committee * to set Public Hearing Date only (no discussion on the plan).
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (7:30 PM) - Common Council * to set Public Hearing Date only (no discussion on the plan).
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 (7:30 PM) - Public Hearing before the Common Council
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (8 PM) - Community Development Committee (discussion & plan adoption).
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (7:30 PM) - Common Council (discussion & plan adoption).
Contact Planning for additional information: 414.479.8957,