Current Planning Activities

Durham Bike+Walk Plan Update


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.


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.

Below are links to the Conditions + Directions Report (describing the public engagement and prioritization process) and maps showing the results of the first round of prioritization. The projects are in groups of 100, with 1-100 being the top scoring projects.

The top scoring segments are now undergoing a second round of prioritization to determine what projects are constructible, feasible, and have the highest cost-benefit. This prioritization process will result in 25 corridor projects, 25 gap projects, and 25 intersection projects. These will be presented to the public in the spring of 2017 for comment on design options before being incorporated into the final plan.

webpage 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.
Durham Existing Conditions Cover
First Round Sidewalks and Intersection Prioritization Map
First Round Bicycle Prioritization Map

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.