The pages of this Citizens’ Guide will zero in on SEMCOG’s role in transportation planning and tell you how to get involved in the process. If there’s something you want to change, our basic message is that the earlier you get involved, the better your chances will be to create the impact you desire.
The Michigan Transportation Plan, also known as the State Long-Range Plan, is a 25-year plan for transforming Michigan’s transportation system. The Non-Motorized Transportation Technical Report is a component within this plan.
The manual is designed to assist transportation planners and engineers in selecting roadway design treatments to accommodate bicycles. This is the first attempt to provide comprehensive guidelines for this process. The recommendations are based on assumptions regarding policy goals and the types of bicyclists to be accommodated, the state of the practice, and professional judgement.
Why should trails be considered a part of the transportation system? What are the three keys to viable transportation trails?
Attached is an MDOT table showing the project life cycle for road projects in Michigan. It defines the pre-construction steps, the years before construction, and what room there is for changing the project.
Reading this handbook will help answer many of your questions about hosting public trails on your land. While the handbook explains the many tangible benefits you may receive through allowing trail access, ultimately it is your sense of community spirit that matters most.
During the summer of 2005, with the support and assistance of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, I launched the Delightful Places Survey. It was distributed electronically to our networks around the world and we the survey was closed down once we received just over 200 responses. The survey was a preliminary step toward integrating insights on happiness from positive psychology with urban planning. We were curious to learn more about what contributes to individual and public happiness in the natural and built environment. The natural environment was included in order to capture the experience of delight that these areas offer, whether or not they exist within an urban area.
An introductory presentation on greenway issues, including what they are, how they are designed, who to involve, creating a steering committee, the planning process, and potential partnerships.
List of Resources for Trail Plans Across the U.S. (partial list)