KTUA prepared a city-wide bicycle facilities master plan for the City of Huntington Beach. This city is unique in that many arterials had designated Class 2 bicycle lanes without the benefit of conventional bikeway planning. Huntington Beach residents and visitors often rely on cycling or walking to access the beach area due to congestion during summer months and special events, particularly along Pacific Coast Highway. Expanded bicycle travel options was a plan goal, particularly since the city is essentially flat and has an established grid street system, both of which support bicycle use.
Tasks included analyzing recreational and commuter facility requirements, as well as identifying potential connections between transit modes and important destinations, such as the beach area and downtown. The project process included evaluating existing roadways and bicycle facilities using conventional field techniques, as well as GIS for mapping and bicycling suitability modeling, an online survey questionnaire, and two community meetings. The plan includes general design and engineering guidelines for the development of new facilities and an emphasis on education and encouragement programs and actions for existing facilities.