Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
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Walkable Community Program

Introduction

In support of a multi-modal transportation system, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has developed the Walkable Community Program. The program recognizes the need to plan for everyone and all modes of travel, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user or transit rider. Goals of our Walkable Community Program are to:

  1. Educate residents and public officials on the advantages of walking and bicycling as viable modes of transportation.
  2. Help the community identify infrastructure improve-ments that will encourage walking and cycling.
  3. Serve as a two-way communication forum between the community, the MPO and its transportation partners, Greater Bexar County Council of Cities, other municipalities and local residents.

How to Participate:

If you or your community would like to participate in this program, please contact Alexandria Carroll at the telephone number or e-mail address below. You can also review our Walkable Community Program Policy and procedure and complete a Walkable Community Program application and submit it to Alexandria via regular mail, e-mail, fax, or hand delivery.

Click to Download: Program Application

Your Walkable Community Program can include any combination of the following:

Transportation partners include the Alamo Area Council of Governments, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Texas Department of Transportation and VIA Metropolitan Transit. Also, check out our Biking & Walking section for other resources.

For More Information:

Allison Blazosky pictureAlexandria (Alex) Carroll

Active Transportation Planner

(210) 230-6901
 carroll@alamoareampo.org


Walkable Community Workshop

Previous Workshop Reports:

Walkable Community Workshop imageThe program design assists neighborhoods in identifying infrastructure improvements to encourage walking and bicycling to restaurants, schools, businesses and parks. The program brings the transportation partner agencies staff and residents together in a workshop environment to discuss transportation issues and concerns in the area that pose a barrier to the community being pedestrian and cycling friendly. Concerns other than transportation are also discussed at workshops, such as safety and code compliance.

Walkable Community Workshop imageBenefits of the Walkable Community Program include an improved quality of life by identifying the barriers. It promotes improved physical fitness and better health for individuals and an increase in social interaction in the community. By educating residents on the system changes that sustain a walking and biking environment they are better able to discuss their neighborhood’s future plans.

Reports summarizing the workshops are provided to elected officials and effected agencies for planning purposes. The reports provide a means to begin dialogue between the residents and community leaders. The MPO hopes to continue the program and believes strongly it supports the planning efforts of partnering agencies and municipalities in the region.


Bicycling & Walking Safety Classes

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety briefings are available for children and teenagers. The classes last between 30 minutes and 1 ½ hours depending on the needs of the requesting organization. Set up needs are minimal. Participants are given hand-outs to take home and are asked to discuss the class with their parents. The class encourages children to think about safety and to engage parents in a conversation to promote additional safety discussion.


Bicycle Rodeos

Bicycle Rodeo imageThe purpose of a bike rodeo is to support and/or provide bicycle safety information and guidance to children. Helmets will be provided whenever possible if children are without. The participants leave the rodeo with self confidence that comes with practice and with a helmet for safe riding. If Rodeo set up is needed it takes approximately one hour, with the rodeo taking another 1 ½ hours depending on the number and ability of participants. Additionally, the rodeo requires a minimum of 10 volunteers to assist the coordinator. Bicycle Rodeos can be developed by the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator and can include up to 4 events. It is suggested that bicycle rodeos be supported with a safety class before the rodeo.