FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the purpose of the Lincoln Bike Plan?
The goal of the Lincoln Bike Plan is to understand the existing system and identify improvements that would improve travel options and make Lincoln more bike-friendly. Based on input from the public and technical evaluation, improvements will be identified and prioritized with a phasing and implementation plan. The plan will include recommendations for bicycle education and encouragement programs.
2. What is the project timeline?
The project kicked off in February 2018 with an estimated completion date of November 2018. The final plan will be presented to the Lincoln MPO Officials Committee for adoption.
3. Will the public be informed throughout the process?
Throughout the planning process, the Lincoln MPO will work to inform the public about the project and opportunities to provide input in the following ways:
- News releases to local media outlets
- Project website
- Email blasts to contact list
- Social media
4. What opportunities will I have to provide input?
There will be three phases of public involvement throughout the planning process:
- Phase 1 (March – June 2018) will focus on gathering information about your vision for the biking in Lincoln and gaining a better understanding of community values and barriers to biking. It will also offer opportunities for you to provide specific input on problem areas and missing connections and share your ideas about where improved facilities should go.
- Phase 2 (July – September 2018) will allow for your input on a draft bike network, preliminary plan recommendations, and priorities for implementation.
- Phase 3 (October – November 2018) will include opportunities for you to review the draft Bike Plan and provide your comments.
The project team will host booths at community events throughout the year to gather public input, the first of which was a booth at the Lincoln Earth Day event. The Public Commenting Map also provides an opportunity for you to identify things you love about the bike network and things that you would change; this feature will be available again when a draft bike network is ready (anticipated to be August 2018).
Two public meetings will also be held to solicit input. The first public meeting was held at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center. The second public meeting is planned for August 2018.
5. How will my input be incorporated in the process?
All input and ideas from the public will be reviewed and analyzed in conjunction with the technical evaluation to identify improvements to the bike network. Your input will also be used to identify bicycle education and encouragement programs and to help prioritize projects for future implementation.
6. How will the recommendations and improvements identified in the plan be paid for?
This planning process will identify the overarching vision for developing a comprehensive bike network in Lincoln. While a phasing and implementation plan will be a part of the final document, the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln MPO will need to seek funding to implement the identified recommendations.
7. We have a great trail network. Why do we need on-street bike facilities?
The City of Lincoln is fortunate to have an extensive trail system. The greatest opportunity for developing a connected network of comfortable bicycle facilities is by supplementing the trail network with on-street facilities such as bike boulevards, bike lanes, and separated bike lanes. Trails are typically costly and complex to build, whereas on-street facilities can be less expensive and can have fewer impacts, depending on the context. The combination of these types of facilities can ensure that Lincoln residents can seamlessly bike to recreation, work, and other destinations.
8. Why should the City spend taxpayer money on bike lanes when there are other needs?
Providing citizens with the facilities that they require to get where they need to go safely is a core function of local government. This applies to all citizens, regardless of their chosen mode of transportation. Additionally, investing in bicycling infrastructure is a good public investment. For each dollar invested in bicycling, Lincoln can expect approximately $2.00 in direct economic benefits to the community. Today, roughly 5.4 million miles are traveled by car trips are each day in Lincoln, which equates to roughly 19 miles per person. Converting even a small fraction of those to bike trips would alleviate some wear and tear on our streets, thereby reducing the need for costly improvements.