About the Plan

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What is the purpose of the Active Tyler Plan?

The Active Tyler Plan is intended to help establish a clear vision for short- and long-term projects that are needed to build a safer, more connected, and equitable active transportation system for the Greater Tyler Area. The Plan will serve as a resource for the Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to plan, fund, and ultimately build more trail, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities, and will provide guidance for the region’s local municipalities when developing their bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The Plan will describe how the region is working together to connect and support active transportation.

Key questions Active Tyler will address include:

  • Where should active transportation facilities be installed to create a cohesive bicycle and pedestrian network?
  • What is the most appropriate type of improvement for bicycles and pedestrians through a variety of land use contexts (i.e., urban, suburban, rural, or rural town)?
  • How and to what standards should recommended improvements be designed, constructed, and maintained?

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation, also known as non-motorized transportation, refers to the human-powered modes of travel such as walking and biking, primarily. The greater Tyler area regional transportation system currently lacks sufficient non-motorized provisions along many corridors where bicycling and walking should be viable travel choices–especially for short trips. As the Tyler region continues to attract new residents, students, and businesses, there is a growing need for infrastructure and development patterns that support what has widely become known as “active transportation.”

Why is the Active Tyler Plan important to you?

Active transportation is an opportunity for everyone. All of us are pedestrians at some point during the day. Even if you are walking between your car in the parking lot to the grocery store’s entrance, you are traveling as a pedestrian. People using walking assistance devices such as wheelchairs or walkers are also pedestrians. Whether you are an avid cyclist or you don’t ride at all, your input is valuable to creating a safe and connected active transportation network.

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