The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has updated its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the National Capital Region. The plan is updated every four years with input from member jurisdictions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and includes both funded and unfunded projects. Martin De Caro of WAMU crunched the numbers and found that the updated plan includes more than 500 new bicycle and pedestrian projects totaling over 2,000 new miles of bike lanes, 2,000 miles of shared use paths and hundreds of new bicycle routes through the year 2040.
The plan goes to the Transportation Planning Board for approval in December. Read the full regional plan here.
This comes on the heels of several local jurisdictions updating their pedestrian and bicycle plans, and rates of walking and bicycling up in most jurisdictions in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. In October, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Countywide Bicycle Master Plan and the District of Columbia released the final version of the Move DC plan. The City of Alexandria is also in the midst of updating its Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. It remains to be seen if funding will become available to implement many of these improvements, but it is clear that there is a vision and momentum to make the Greater Washington, D.C. region a safer place to walk and bike!
Read the full regional plan here.