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 improve quality of life. It will also help the City identify the best funding strategy to streamline the process of design and implementation.
Thiswebpage has more information about the plan as well as the current status. As part of the plan process, we need your help! Do you know a location where sidewalk or bicycle facility is needed? Is there a clear gap between two facilities? Are there places you would like to walk or bike but are currently unable to? Let us know! For information and to receive status updates, contact Bryan Poole.
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 Fall 2016.