Current Planning Activities

Durham Bike+Walk Plan Update

Final Draft Goes to City Council for Adoption on May 15th

Public comments on the draft plan were received during the month of April, and were incorporated as appropriate. The draft final plan now now goes to City Council for adoption on May 15th. Thanks to everyone who provided input during this planning process.


The City of Durham's Transportation Department is currently updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, and consolidating them into one document.  Working with consultants from Stantec, Toole Design, and Mobycon, the plan will help the City determine which bicycle and pedestrian facilities are the most critically needed to improve safety, connectivity, and quality of life.  It will also help the City identify the best funding strategy to streamline the process of design and implementation.

During the summer of 2016, public input was sought on biking and walking conditions in Durham. The identified facility needs (420 miles of sidewalk opportunities, 453 miles of bicycle opportunities, and 480 intersections) were then submitted into a prioritization model. Based on input from the plan's steering committee and surveys, four prioritization categories were used: safety, connectivity, demand, and equity. These categories included metrics such as number of crashes, proximity to schools/parks/employment/transit, commercial land use, population density, poverty, speed limits, and facility connections. Results of this first round prioritization can be found here (pedestrian/intersection) and here (bicycle). The projects are in groups of 100, with 1-100 being the top scoring projects. A Conditions + Directions Report more fully describes the public engagement and prioritization process.

The top scoring segments underwent a second round of prioritization to analyze issues such as constructibility, feasibility, and cost-benefit. This prioritization process helped identify 25 corridor projects, 25 gap projects, and 25 intersection projects. Recommendations for these projects were developed by the consultant using input from residents, stakeholders and City staff.

web page dedicated to the plan update has more information, a timeline, and news about how you can be involved. For information or to receive status updates, contact Bryan Poole.

Duke Belt Line Master Plan

The City of Durham applied for, and was awarded, a 
Tiger Grant in 2014 to develop a Master Plan for the Duke Belt Line Trail.  The Belt Line corridor is an inactive railroad, currently owned by Norfolk Southern, that runs from northeast of downtown Durham two miles southwest to the Durham Station Transportation Center.  The Tiger Grant will allow the City of Durham to hire a consultant to develop a project-level plan consisting of:  analysis of existing conditions/features; public engagement; development of vision/goals/objectives; right-of-way, utility covenants, and easement review; Title VI/environmental justice analysis; evaluation of safety and security; analysis of economic, social and health impacts; analysis of existing bridges; development guidelines; phasing and funding strategy; and construction/maintenance cost estimates.

The City has chosen Stewart Design to assist with this planning efforts, and is beginning planning activities. The first public meeting is anticipated in Spring 2017.