The Parks & Recreation and Planning & Zoning Commissions will meet in a joint session on Tuesday, January 8 at 6 p.m. At the meeting, there will be a presentation, discussion, public hearing and consideration of the proposed Active Transportation Plan.
Dean Chambers of J2 Engineering and Environmental Design, along with city staff, will present the final plan.
According to the plan: “The city of Apache Junction Active Transportation Plan is the first active transportation plan developed by the city. The plan will serve as the primary tool for deployment and integration of connected, comfortable facilities for bicyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and other non-motorized modes within Apache Junction. As the region continues to grow and new development comes to the city, it is important to have a clear vision for a transportation network that meets the needs of all users.”
The progression of the plan’s development has been evident at 26 public/stakeholder outreach events where input has been invited by Apache Junction.
Over the past several months, plan developers gathered more than 50 comments on the online map, more than 500 survey responses, more than 50 participants at a walk and fun run event, 12 participants at a bike ride event and 6 participants at a horse trail ride event. The January 8 meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the final draft of the plan and make comments.
“Safety of active transportation users is paramount,” the plan’s introduction continues. “In Apache Junction, since 2009, there have been 13 active transportation fatalities: 9 pedestrian and 4 bicyclist. During the preparation of this plan, there have been two active transportation fatalities: one pedestrian and one bicyclist.”
Plan developers focused on terms of one-to-five years and six to ten years, along with longer-term strategies for the network. Users of all ages and abilities were considered.
“The guiding principles of such a network focuses on improving mobility options for residents, regardless of age or ability, by prioritizing connectivity among destinations and services through facilities that are comfortable and appropriate for a wide range of user groups,” the report states.
The final draft of the plan includes the preservation of the natural environment, while identifying an integrated network of paths, trails, sidewalks, bike lanes and shared-use facilities that add to community health and security.
This joint meeting of Parks & Recreation and Planning & Zoning Commissions is open to the public and held in chambers at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. Complete agendas and supporting materials are available at https://apachejunction.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.
Photo above: The plan’s Apache Trail solution includes separate horse, pedestrian, bicycle and automobile access (top) and a shared pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle solution on a rural pathway (below) is estimated at 40 feet wide.