Request for Proposals
Regional Nonmotorized Transportation System Plan
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
Colorado Springs, CO
Submittal Deadline: 04/18/2013
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), in partnership with the cities of Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, and El Paso County, is requesting proposals from qualified firms for professional services to update the Regional Nonmotorized Transportation (Bicycle and Pedestrian) System Plan.
The purpose of this Regional Nonmotorized Transportation System Plan update is to conduct a robust public outreach and participation effort to foster community support; examine existing facilities and identify nonmotorized networks; conduct needs assessment with particular emphasis on system connectivity (i.e., identifying missing connections or links and barriers) and what it requires to make the system truly connected; review and update Chapter 5: Standards & Guidelines from the existing PPACG Regional Nonmotorized Transportation Plan (January 2008) and identify and update using current research and best practices regarding design, operations and maintenance standards; and develop implementation strategies (i.e., an action plan) to complete a connected nonmotorized transportation system. The goals of the 2008 Regional Nonmotorized Transportation System Plan are listed below. This new planning effort should work with our stakeholders to reaffirm these goals or revise to meet the needs of the region.
• Establish a continuous and coordinated regional nonmotorized transportation network that will increase the incidence of bicycling and walking.
• Reduce the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities, particularly those that involve motorists.
• Encourage organizations with the appropriate interest or authority to improve traffic safety, education and enforcement.
• Promote public awareness and acceptance of nonmotorized transportation modes for all destination-oriented trip purposes.
• Create a traveling environment in which bicycling and walking are attractive alternatives.
This is a unique and interesting project. The partnership between PPACG, the cities of Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, and El Paso County, will require the development of four, creative, and separate deliverables. This joint effort will result in a regional product for PPACG; and more detailed, in-depth plans for Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, and El Paso County. See Addendums 1 – 4 for scopes of work for PPACG, Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, and El Paso County, respectively.
In addition to the nonmotorized transportation system plans required by the four partner entities, PPACG would like proposers to include, if so desired, a separate technical and cost proposal for an analysis of the economic benefits from bicycling in the Pikes Peak region. The region is home to numerous bicycle industry-related businesses and a destination for bicycle-oriented tourists/active travelers. Research has been done nationally on the potential impacts and benefits to communities and states that embrace bicycle travel/bicycle tourism, and this task would be useful to identify the level of impact from this business market. See Addendum # 5 for the scope of work and related research summary and case study review.