Walking is already estimated to be significant to the city, with approximately 1,300 Topeka residents reporting to the U.S. Census Bureau that they walk on a regular basis. An estimated 1,650 K-8 children walk to Topeka schools.
The Topeka Pedestrian Master Plan is one piece of a larger effort to improve quality of life through the development of vibrant neighborhoods and greater transportation choices serving pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists.
The final plan was presented and approved by the MTPO Policy Board at their February 25, 2016 meeting. It was approved by City Council at the March 15, 2016 City Council meeting.
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Completing the Plan
The plan was advertised/circulated for comment in January 2016 and presented at 2 public meetings. It was updated based on comments.
Significant changes included:
Recommend how to achieve completion of all 18 priority project areas in 10 years instead of 30 years
Allow for funding opportunities of "other/future areas” not yet inventoried in the plan
Making sure brick sidewalks are part of the City’s 50/50 program
Creating a new Complete Streets Advisory Committee housed under the MTPO Policy Board (combine bikeways, ped, and complete streets)
The Plan recommends actions for the city to become more pedestrian-friendly and prioritizes over $21 million of sidewalk, ADA ramp, and crosswalk improvements in the city's highest pedestrian demand areas. These include areas around schools, bus routes, parks, and intensive care/at risk neighborhoods. 18 geographic focus areas, including 13 neighborhoods and 5 corridors, were inventoried for improvements. The process has included 2 community forums, 4 meetings with a stakeholder committee, nearly 600 citizen survey responses, and 15 meetings with separate neighborhood groups.
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1st floor conference room, Holliday Building, 620 S.E. Madison
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, MTPO Policy Board Meeting, 1st floor conference room, Holliday Building, 620 S.E. Madison
1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, MTPO Policy Board Meeting, 1st floor conference room, Holliday Building, 620 S.E. Madison Update - 8/11/2015
The Stakeholder Committee established a set of priorities where pedestrian demand is the greatest and therefore, where pedestrian facilities should be analyzed first. These priorities led to creation of a Heat Map showing where these priorities overlapped the most. The stronger the “heat”, the more pedestrian “demand.”
From this heat map, the Stakeholder Committee selected preliminary focus areas. Analyzing these potential focus areas will require MTPO staff to conduct a field inventory of the sidewalks in these areas, as well as engaging neighborhood groups in discussions about their concerns and priorities for their respective neighborhoods. Key factors include whether or not there are existing sidewalks in an area, their condition, and what infrastructure changes will be required to construct sidewalks in a particular area (feasibility).
To accomplish these tasks, the MTPO will attend several neighborhood meetings throughout the months of August and September. These visits will involve MTPO staff members presenting the Pedestrian Plan details, along with maps of their area which depict current sidewalk and infrastructure conditions. The intent of these on site meetings will be to further “drill down” which areas will be the most feasible to include in the initial phase of sidewalk installations or repairs, based not only on the key factors, but also on public input from the residents in those areas.
When these site visits are completed, the MTPO staff and consultants will use this information to draft a 5-year project action plan to be presented to the Stakeholders Committee on November 4th 2015, with a final Public Workshop to follow on November 18th. A final Pedestrian Master Plan is expected to be presented to the MTPO Policy Board for approval in early 2016.
Items Presented at 7/29/15 Stakeholder Committee Meeting
Stakeholder Committee notes from workshop held on 7/29/2015
Information presented at the workshop held on 7/29/2015
Pedestrian Demand Areas Heat Map
Vision, Goals, and Actions
City Seeks Input on Topeka’s First Pedestrian Master Plan
Community Workshop Held
TOPEKA, Kan. – This month the Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization (MTPO), in coordination with the City of Topeka, is kicking off the planning process for the City’s first-ever pedestrian master plan. The goal of the plan is to create safe and connected walkways between schools, parks, shopping districts, workplaces, and other popular destinations.
On March 24, 2015, a community worshkshop was held for anyone with an interest in walkability. It began with a short presentation, and participants were asked to identify key goals, top issues, and necessary improvements for walkability in their neighborhoods and around Topeka, such as locations for improved street crossing and sidewalk infrastructure. For those who could not attend the workshop, an online survey and mapping tool has been launched and can be accessed through the links above.
The input gathered will used to inform the initial draft of the Topeka Pedestrian Master Plan. A second workshop will be scheduled later in 2015 to discuss the draft plan with the community.
The plan is one piece of a larger effort to improve quality of life through the development of vibrant neighborhoods and greater transportation choices serving pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists. A consultant team consisting of Toole Design Group and Vireo has been selected to assist with the effort.
Walking is already estimated to be significant in the city. Approximately 1,300 Topeka residents report to the U.S. Census Bureau that they walk to work on a regular basis, and an estimated 1,650 K-8 children walk to Topeka schools. The total number of daily pedestrian trips is estimated to be between 70,000 and 75,000, with the balance of walking trips made for recreation, exercise, personal errands, and visiting friends or relatives.
PEDESTRIAN PLAN APPENDICES:
Appendix A - Community Workshop
Appendix B - Listening Sessions
Appendix C - Community Survey
Appendix D - Stakeholder Committee Meeting Notes
Appendix E - Neighborhood Meetings List
Appendix F - Complete Streets Checklist
Appendix G Planned Street Reconstruction Projects
Appendix H - School Walking Routes
Appendix I-A - Field Inventory Report
Appendix I-B - Inventory Questions
Appendix J - Pedestrian Funding Sources
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