Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Madison Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was formed by the Town of Madison in January, 2018. It’s primary charge from the Board of Selectmen is to create a long-term Bike/Walk Master Plan for the town and to promote public participation in the planning process. The goal of the plan is to improve the town’s facilities and infrastructure to make biking and walking in Madison safer, easier, and more accessible for all.
Bike/Walk Master Plan
After BPAC’s formation in 2018, BPAC surveyed the town for input and inventoried the current state of our roads and how accessible they were for biking and walking. Based on high priority areas identified for improvement, BPAC sponsored a Shoreline Road Safety Assessment in 2019, and a Safe Routes to Schools Audit for the Green Hill Road Schools Campus in 2020.
The concepts behind the observations and recommendations provided in the two reports will be used and applied to other areas and roads in town as we proceed with the bike/walk master plan.
A consultant was hired in 2020 to evaluate and clarify bike/walk master plan options in order to create a preliminary draft of a bike/walk master plan. BPAC is building on that work to further develop maps and recommendations for bike/walk infrastructure improvements. A proposed Madison Town Bike/Walk Master Plan will be shared with the public for input and feedback within the next year.
Madison Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Press Release
Honorable Mention from the League of American Bicyclists
Madison’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) caps two years of accomplishments with an Honorable Mention in its first application to become a Bike Friendly Community.
From BPAC’s Complete Streets Policy being nationally recognized as one of the top 5 Policies formally adopted in 2018, to Madison upgrading BPAC’s status from Ad-Hoc to Permanent in 2020, BPAC has made a lot of progress behind the scenes.
Two Road Safety Audits have been completed of high priority areas identified by BPAC’s public Survey, maps have been compiled, and a consultant has been hired to consolidate the information into a first draft for a Bike/Walk Master Plan for Madison.
Most recently, Madison completed a Bike Friendly Community application and was among eight first-time applicants to earn an Honorable Mention from the League of American Bicyclists. The Honorable Mention provides a report card with a clear path to help Madison continuously improve. The Town of Madison can be proud of this accomplishment and use it as motivation and input on how to make additional improvements to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community award in the future.
The Bicycle Friendly Community award process considers a range of elements, including a community’s efforts to improve bike infrastructure, provide bicycle education, encourage road safety, and appropriately measure success in bicycle usage.
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Madison’s Complete Streets Policy, written by BPAC and approved by the BOS in May, 2018, was nationally recognized as one of the top 5 Complete Streets policies adopted that year.
The Complete Streets Policy establishes the town’s commitment to making biking and walking safer and more accessible, primarily by making consideration of bike/walk improvements a priority when undertaking town road work projects.
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