A primary objective of the Laredo & Webb County Active Transportation Plan is to enhance mobility in the region by providing safe, accessible, and alternate modes of transportation for the future of Laredo and Webb County residents.
The Active Transportation Plan is a collaborative effort undertaken by the Laredo-Webb County Area Metropolitan Organization (LW-CAMPO) in conjunction with the City of Laredo, to create and develop connectivity between bicycle, pedestrian, and transit networks.
The Laredo & Webb County Active Transportation Plan was adopted by the City of Laredo on February 22, 2021.
The Executive Summary of the Plan provides an overview of why the region needs active transportation and discusses important socioeconomic, transportation, and health challenges impacting Laredo and Webb County. Key findings from the public survey, which garnered responses from 1,925 Laredoans, and findings from the network analysis are also discussed. The Executive Summary also details priority actions and recommendations that must happen to build and sustain an active transportation network that will enhance mobility and quality of life in the region.
The Active Transportation Plan is a strategic document that provides direction on policies, programs, and practices to create a community that is safe, accessible, and convenient for walking, bicycling, and other forms of active travel (including for recreation).
Chapter 1 includes an overview of active transportation and its benefits, and a details the Plan's vision and goals.
Chapter 2 provides an analysis of local geography, traffic patterns, economic characteristics, and socioeconomic indicators. Additionally, the analysis and findings of existing pedestrian, bicycle, and transit network are explained in this chapter.
Public and stakeholder involvement was critical to the development of the Active Transportation Plan. The Plan received various contributions from the public through multiple avenues such as community engagement efforts, stakeholder collaboration, public surveys, and outreach.
An online survey for the community at-large was conducted to gauge the public’s interest, use, and demand for active transportation, as well as to guide
the direction and recommendations of the Plan. A total of 1,925 residents responded to the survey.
This chapter contains an overview of previous planning efforts and recent community and stakeholder engagement activities. Additionally, a summary of the survey results is included in this chapter.
The Active Transportation Plan includes a total of 43 program and policy recommendations. Additionally, a total of 29 connected bicycle paths are recommended to be built within the first 10 years. The recommendations are broken down into six elements:
- Bicycle Network
- Pedestrian Network
- Last Mile
- Other Recommendations
This chapter also includes maps showing the proposed bike routes and proposed buildout network.
The implementation plan is a strategic framework which details strategies focused on project prioritization, funding, project management, performance management, and continued stakeholder and community involvement.
Chapter 5 details how the Plan will be implemented. The Chapter includes a list and map of prioritized projects for the 10-year bicycle network and provides recommended funding and implementation strategies.
Complete Streets are designed for users of many different modes of transport, improving access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users,
and motorists, while balancing the needs of all users to ensure a safe and comfortable way to get around. Implementing a Complete Streets policy will enhance and ensure that City infrastructure provides safer access to people of all ages and abilities.
A draft of the recommended Complete Streets Policy is provided in this chapter.
During the planning process, stakeholders were engaged through a series of presentations and were asked to provide feedback regarding the proposed recommendations and bicycle network routes. Check out the video below for an overview of the Active Transportation Plan presented to stakeholders at a Walk.Bike.Ride Laredo meeting on October 8, 2020: