Irving Bike Plan Project - May 2022 - Mid 2023
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 Irving Bike Plan project is anticipated to take 12 months to complete.
The 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.