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.

Julia RyanJulia Ryan, is a Senior Planner for the City of Fort Worth. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University in Political Science and Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Urban and Regional Planning. Julia has been with the City for 12 years and has worked extensively on transportation policy issues such as Complete Streets, Master Thoroughfare Plan, Active Transportation, pedestrian access, and planning, design, and implementation of on-street bike lanes.


Danie SnyderDaniel Snyder is a Transportation Planner III with the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dallas – Fort Worth region. For the past five years Daniel has focused on bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning, data collection, planning studies, as well as project funding and programming. This line of work supports Daniel’s vision to create more opportunities for people to walk and bicycle safely and happily. Daniel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, with a concentration in Urban Development and Social Change, from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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