People, Structure, and Committees

Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report: Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

Planning for bicyclists and pedestrians is an integral part of comprehensive transportation planning. To ensure the region is prepared to serve the needs of all users, COMPASS increased its emphasis on regional bicycle and pedestrian planning in 2015, with the launch of several new initiatives. The information and data from these efforts will be used to inform the update to CIM 2040.

2015 Highlights:

  • Created an Active Transportation Workgroup to coordinate regional bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Purchased 12 permanent bicycle and pedestrian counters and installed them at key locations throughout Ada and Canyon Counties. These permanent counters are the first of their kind in Idaho. In addition, COMPASS purchased 16 portable counters, which are available to assist member agencies with local planning needs. Together, the data from both types of counters will fill a gap in what is known about bicycle and pedestrian use in the two counties.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Received a $15,000 grant to assist in the purchase of bicycle and pedestrian counters.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Purchased vendor-supplied data on bicycle use across the Treasure Valley to supplement data from the permanent and portable counters.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Began work on a regional bicycle/pedestrian plan to map the locations of current and future pathways across the two-county area, identify gaps in the regional pathway system, and establish regional priorities for pathway funding to create a more comprehensive, useable pathway system across the valley.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 4.2, Implement adopted plans and 4.4, Update planning documents
  • Reorganized COMPASS staff roles to focus one position specifically on bicycle and pedestrian planning in recognition of the importance of walking and biking as components of the overall transportation system.
    • Supports Strategic Plan Objectives 2.1, Evaluate the effective use of agency resources to provide the best value for members; 2.3, Develop and promote leadership skills and professional development for COMPASS Board members and staff; 4.2, Implement adopted plans; and4.4, Update planning documents