Planning for an Equitable and Comfortable Active Transportation Network

Planning for an Equitable and Comfortable Active Transportation NetworkFort Worth’s goal was to develop a plan for a transportation system that provides multiple choices for travel. The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) focused on walking and cycling, including connectivity between other modes such as transit. This plan integrated efforts such as the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth plans, the Task Force on Race and Culture, Blue Zones Project, and coordination with the regional Transit Master Plan and Transit Moves Fort Worth Plan. The plan incorporated data driven analysis on comfort for people walking and biking and included special emphasis on the consequences of inequity in transportation such as pedestrian safety and included systematic transportation prioritization effort that aims to reduce infrastructure disparities.

Included in the plan are design guides for building a comfort based biking and walking network, community guide for temporary transformative street designs, and a manual specifically for the planning and design of trail facilities. The result is a unified citywide transportation network plan for people who walk, bike and use transit. The Plan was adopted on April 9, 2019 and won a Texas Chapter APA and Midwest Texas Chapter APA award in 2019.

Jeremy Williams is a Senior Planner for the City of Fort Worth focusing on pedestrian and bicycle planning in the Transportation and Public Works Department. His experience is in long range transportation and land use planning at the regional and local levels. Jeremy serves as the staff liaison to Fort Worth’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission and represents the City of Fort Worth at the regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. His professional interests include effective public engagement and safe routes to schools for children. Jeremy received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University with Certificates in Transportation Planning and Sustainable Urbanism, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Houston.

Jeff Whitacre is a Vice-President at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in downtown Fort Worth.  Jeff is a traffic engineer and transportation planner whose 15 years of experience includes working municipalities from transportation planning to engineering design. Jeff’s unique experience has allowed him to participate in many projects from their conceptual plan to implementation, including the planning and implementation major City projects such as the City of Fort Worth’s Bike Plan / Active Transportation Plan.  Jeff’s ultimate goal is to leave an impact and legacy on the community in which he lives and works.  Outside of work he served as Director for the American Planning Association – Midwest Chapter, Rotary Club, and serves on the board of the Community Design Center – Fort Worth.

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