Irving Bike Plan Project - May 2022 - March 2024
As part of a regional alliance with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Irving is developing a citywide bicycle plan. Community feedback will be an integral part of this plan, and opportunities to comment will be available through public meetings and comment periods.
The City of Irving Bike Plan is tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration on March 21.
The Irving Traffic and Transportation Department is accepting public input on the Draft Bike Plan until March 13. Comments and questions can be submitted via email to email@example.com.
The Irving Bike Plan will identify a comprehensive on-street network for bicycle travel featuring inclusive facilities for all ages and abilities and establish planned connections to the surrounding cities. The Bike Plan will also identify priority corridors for implementation and determine methodologies for providing safe bicycle travel from existing facilities and trails to additional areas of the city. Additionally, the Bike Plan will identify high-level opinions of probable cost to implement the short-term and long-term project lists and phasing plans, which will contribute to the recommended policies and funding strategies to be detailed in the Bike Plan.
Adopted in 2017, Irving’s Comprehensive Plan Imagine Irving states its Transportation vision:
Irving residents will have a variety of transportation choices for getting around town. All residents will have access to major corridors, neighborhood corridors, bike and pedestrian friendly streets, and transit routes. People living and working in the city will be able to drive, bike, catch a bus, or hop on a train to nearly anywhere in the region … Commuters will spend less time delayed by traffic, and getting around will be safer and more convenient by any mode of transportation.
One of the strategies identified to reach this vision is to develop and implement a citywide Bicycle Plan. The use of bicycles and trails is a transportation choice that benefits personal health, reduces traffic congestion and enhances quality of life. An active bicycling population is often considered a measure of livability for a city. Providing enhanced bicycle facility design allows residents to stay connected to their community, and integrating bicycle facilities into existing streets can have a positive effect on attracting businesses and maintaining property values.
Irving Bike Plan: Proposed Bicycle Facility Definitions
|BIKE LANE: A dedicated bicycle travel lane adjacent to the vehicular travel lane(s) and added “Bike Lane” street signage.
|BUFFERED BIKE LANE: A dedicated bicycle travel lane adjacent to the vehicular travel lane(s) paired with a designated visual buffer space that separates the two travel zones. Buffered Bike Lanes are best used on roadways with moderate traffic volumes and travel speeds to provide a more comfortable experience for cyclists verses standard bike lanes.
|SEPARATED BIKE LANE: A physically separated bike lane with vertical elements in the street such as, lane separators, concrete curbs, tubular markers (flex posts), vegetative planters, parked cars and other similar design considerations. Typically located on roadways with higher traffic volumes and higher travel speeds. The physical separation from the vehicular travel lanes allows for improved bicycle safety and comfort.
|TWO-WAY CYCLE TRACK: Bike lanes physically separated from vehicular traffic lane(s) allowing bicycle movement in both directions on one side of the roadway. Cycle tracks are most appropriately located on streets with few street or driveway intersections, where on-street parking may be provided on the opposite side of the street and may be implemented on roadways with higher vehicular volumes and travel speeds as an alternative to buffered or separated bike lanes.
|SIDE PATH (SHARED USE PATH): An off-street facility adjacent to the roadway (within street right-of-way) that is shared by pedestrians and bicyclists and is set back and physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic by open space or a vertical barrier.
|BICYCLE BOULEVARD: Streets intended for shared bicycle and vehicular travel that have a mixture of various design elements such as pavement markings (e.g. shared lane markings), traffic calming and volume management treatments, intersection treatments and street signage.
Bicycle Boulevards have low motorized traffic volumes and travel speeds to maintain safety and comfort for cyclists while sharing the travel lane(s) with motor vehicles.