ATX Walk Bike Roll
Toole Design led a simultaneous effort to update three interrelated active transportation plans: the Sidewalks, Crossings, and Shared Streets Plan; the Urban Trails Plan; and the Bicycle Plan. Branded as ATX Walk Bike Roll, this project is grounded in a comprehensive equity framework that directs outreach efforts, informs project prioritization, and guides decision-making.
This coordinated effort required significant collaboration between a large project team of subject matter experts from across the company, five subconsultants, and multiple City programs and departments. With the three plan documents now approved by the City, residents are one step closer to a safer and more equitable transportation system.
In 2023, the Plan won an APA Transportation Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. Keep reading to learn more about three key elements of ATX Walk Bike Roll.
1. Equitable and Inclusive outreach
ATX Walk Bike Roll is centered in equity and inclusion, from the way we reach out to communities to the way we make decisions. To start, our team conducted an equity scan of existing City plans and policies and interviewed internal and external stakeholders to better understand historical and ongoing inequities. We also developed an equity framework resource which included:
- An acknowledgement of inequities and the City’s role, principles, and goals for future actions
- Recommendations for public engagement
- A platform to guide and evaluate planning and design decisions
The public outreach effort relied on on-the-ground plan ambassadors and multifaceted engagement via social media, TV, radio, print newspapers (in English and Spanish), an online interactive map, multiple surveys, and 30+ pop-up engagement events. Our efforts prioritized reaching and engaging with people of color and people with low incomes, leading to input from more than 10,000 people.
2. Analytical Services
To maximize the impacts of the City’s investments, we developed 14 distinct GIS-based tools useable by City staff to identify gaps, evaluate network connectivity, and prioritize projects long into the future. Some examples include:
- A comprehensive street crossing inventory and evaluation model
- Tools to evaluate the coverage of pedestrian and bike networks and the level of access to a variety of destination types
- Tools to produce prioritization maps for the citywide network of sidewalks, bikeways, urban trails, and crossing gaps
3. Shared streets program
We guided the City in developing a shared streets program, which included a new methodology for identifying and prioritizing potential shared street pilot projects. Along with a shared streets design toolkit and criteria for both temporary and permanent installation, we also provided field engineering concept plans for 20+ blocks of shared streets. Local residents were involved in the design process during public outreach efforts. Now, multiple permanent shared street projects have been implemented by City crews.