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Regional Paths (Trails) and Bikeways (On-Street) Active Transportation Networks

The Logo for the 2040 Mobility Plan

Many cities and counties in the region have developed and adopted bicycle master plans, trail master plans, or a combination of both. Various communities are also developing plans for local pedestrian networks and programs to provide safe routes to schools.  Numerous cities and transportation agencies have adopted local policies for bicycle accommodations to encourage bicycling as a form of transportation. The number of locally adopted community bicycle and trail master plans in the region grows each year. These documents were used in the development of Mobility 2040 to ensure regional connectivity and continuity.

 

The active transportation network in the region consists of 7,030 miles of regional shared-use paths (Regional Veloweb), supporting community shared-use paths, and the on-street bikeway network (including on-street wide shoulders in rural areas) in various stages of development. This network plays a key role in supporting Mobility 2040 and the implementation of the multimodal Complete Streets and transit infrastructure that assist in safely accommodating all travelers throughout the region. The combined network is reflected in this map and this table.

 

For more information regarding the regional active transportation network, please contact Kevin Kokes at (817) 695-9275 or at KKokes@nctcog.org

 

Click on the expandable blue bars below for additional information and detailed maps.

 

Adopted 2040 Regional Veloweb

 

Click here to view the Regional Veloweb map from Mobility 2040

 

The Regional Veloweb is a 1,876 mile network of off-street shared-use paths (trails) designed for multi-use trip purposes by bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. The Veloweb serves as the regional expressway network for active transportation, and it extends the reach of the region’s roadway and passenger rail transit network for non-motorized transportation. The Veloweb has planned connections in 10 counties and 105 cities in North Central Texas. Community Pathways are similar to the Veloweb although they may not provide a connection to a major destination, they help supplement the Veloweb network. Alignments were determined through the cooperative efforts of local governments and NCTCOG staff by:

Table of  veloweb designs

 

                   Click on the image for an enlarged version.

  • Identifying existing and funded facilities.
  • Reviewing locally planned bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • Locating routes that would provide air quality benefits and access to transit stations and major destinations.
  • Identifying corridors that provide the greatest potential for regional connectivity.

 

The Regional Veloweb is adopted by the Regional Transportation Council, the transportation policy body of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, as part of the long-term metropolitan transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Corridors identified on the Veloweb as “planned” may be prioritized for future funding. Cities and counties within the region are responsible for the planning and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and amenities. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) takes those plans and promotes connections throughout the region, with a focus on alternative commute routes.

 

These shared-use paths are expected to be consistent with the recommendations and design guidance set forth by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) for the development of bicycle facilities. Facilities that are federally funded are required to comply with AASHTO guidance.

 

Design considerations for regional and community pathways are described in more detail in the table above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Veloweb, click Veloweb Brochure or the brochure image.

 

Regional Veloweb brochure

 

 

Please contact Kevin Kokes at (817) 695-9275 or kkokes@nctcog.org to request the Regional Veloweb shapefiles.

 

Community Paths

 

Click here to view the regional Community Shared-Use Paths map from Mobility 2040

 

Community shared-use path facilities support the Regional Veloweb and help extend the reach of the Veloweb network by connecting it to local and neighborhood destinations. Approximately 2,374 miles of these paths are in various stages of development. These facilities are also expected to be consistent with the recommendations and guidance set forth by AASHTO for the development of bicycle facilities. This network of facilities does not include recreational park loops, private paths, equestrian or nature trails, or wide sidewalks less than ten feet in width. Mobility 2040 forecasts that a portion of the network of community shared-use paths will be implemented. The paths that will be constructed are primarily located in corridors that serve as extensions of the Regional Veloweb and provide connections to transit facilities and other local major destinations. While not fully funded by Mobility 2040, community shared-use paths may provide important connections within communities and will be implemented as funding is available.

 

On-Street Bikeways

 

Click here to view the regional On-Street Bikeway Network map from Mobility 2040

 

On-street bikeways facilitate safe and convenient travel for bicyclists, and they serve as extensions of the Regional Veloweb and community shared-use path network by providing non-motorized travel connections between housing, employment, major destinations, and transit facilities. The existing and planned on-street bikeway network provides the densest network of bicycle facilities in a growing number of communities throughout the region. Currently more than 23 locally adopted plans include on-street bikeway facilities representing more than 2,780 miles in various stages of development. Consistent with guidance from AASHTO, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the Federal Highway Administration, and the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, the type and design of on-street bikeways can vary based on the community and context in which they are located. Bikeways in urban and suburban areas of the region are recommended to include the following:

 

  • Separated or protected bike lanes/cycle tracks
  • Bike lanes
  • Marked shared lanes
  • Marked bicycle boulevards

 

Communities also may feature on-street bicycle facilities that include signed bike routes and signed shared roadways without designated bikeway pavement markings, including wide outside lanes. However, these facilities are not represented in Mobility 2040. Bikeways between communities in rural unincorporated areas of the region generally consist of paved shoulders, particularly on roadways with higher speeds or traffic volumes. Paved shoulders in these rural areas provide opportunities for travel between small communities.

 

                                Detailed County Maps                               

 

The following county-wide maps identify the existing, funded and planned adopted 2040 Regional Veloweb, local community paths and on-street bikeway networks in further detail. For necessary updates to the maps or for more information, please contact Gabriel Ortiz at (817)-695-9259 or GOrtiz@nctcog.org

 

2040 Veloweb and On-Street Bikeway Maps – March 2016

 

 

 

For a snapshot of other regionally significant trail systems, click Regional Trails Brochure and Map or the brochure image.

 

The following includes additional information about the highlighted regional trails.  Click on the expandable blue bars below for additional information and detailed maps.

 

These highlighted corridors are only a few of many Regional Trail projects within the Regional Veloweb trail system that is focused on connecting communities, bridging barriers, and also making connections to housing, employment, and entertainment areas within the region.

 

Regional Trails Brochure

Highlighted Regional Trail: Fort Worth to Dallas

 

A coordination meeting held by NCTCOG in November 2013 brought together the Mayors from the five core cities of the Dallas-Fort Worth region to discuss the idea of a Regional Trail from Downtown Fort Worth to Downtown Dallas. The participating cities included Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Dallas.

The trail alignment discussed would be a total of 64 miles once completed; approximately 52 miles currently exist or are funded for construction.

The trail was highlighted by the area Mayors as a resource and asset to their communities from an economic development perspective and tourism aspect, as well as the benefits to health and reduction of congestion that alternative transportation routes can offer.  The additional 12 miles needed to be constructed will cost approximately $20M and federal and state grant funds are being sought by the Region.

Presentation
Fort Worth to Dallas Trail Connection Map (updated November 2015) -[PDF] 6 MB


Highlighted Regional Trail: Dallas to McKinney

 

This highlighted regional trail corridor provides a connection between Downtown Dallas and Historic Downtown McKinney. Along the way the corridor links several key destinations including Downtown Richardson, Downtown Plano and the Allen Central Business District. A total of 82 miles of trails are identified in the corridor, with the most direct alignment from Downtown Dallas to Downtown McKinney approximately 40 miles in distance. Approximately 56 miles of trails in the corridor are existing and another 11 miles are funded for construction. The remaining 15 miles need funding for construction.

 

Dallas to McKinney Highlighted Regional Trail Map    (updated June 2016) [PDF] 7 MB

 

 


Highlighted Regional Trail: Plano to Fort Worth
 

This highlighted regional trail corridor provides a connection between Plano and Fort Worth. The trail corridor generally follows a portion of the planned TEXRail commuter rail project in Tarrant County as well as the Cotton Belt rail corridor in Dallas County and Collin County. Along the way the corridor links several key destinations and municipalities such as two planned Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) in North Richland Hills, Downtown Grapevine, Old Town Coppell, Downtown Carrollton, Addison Town Center and Downtown Plano. This regional trail corridor will intersect with three other regional trails including the Fort Worth to Dallas regional trail, the Dallas to McKinney regional trail and the Denton to Dallas regional trail. The total mileage of the corridor from Downtown Plano to Downtown Fort Worth is approximately 57 miles of which approximately 21 miles is existing; 1 mile is funded for construction; and 35 miles need funding for construction.

 

Cotton Belt Trail Corridor Map  (updated June 2016) [PDF] 5.6 MB

 

 

Highlighted Regional Trail: Denton to Dallas

This highlighted regional trail corridor provides a connection between Downtown Denton to Downtown Dallas. Along the way the corridor links several key destinations such as the Las Colinas Urban Center in Irving, Downtown Lewisville and several DCTA and DART rail stations. The trail alignment intersects the Cotton Belt Regional Trail and utilizes part of the Fort Worth to Dallas Regional trail in Irving to connect into Downtown Dallas. The entire corridor is approximately 54 miles from Downtown Denton to Downtown Dallas, of which approximately 28 miles is existing; 13 miles is funded for construction; and 13 miles need funding for construction.

Denton to Dallas Highlighted Regional Trail Map  (updated June 2016) [PDF] 6.7 MB

 

 

For more information please contact Kevin Kokes at (817) 695-9275 or kkokes@nctcog.org

 

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