KTUA prepared a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) for the City of Paso Robles to update and build upon the efforts of the 2009 Bicycle Facilities Master Plan. The BPMP was adopted by City Council on December 18, 2018. Bicycling for recreational purposes is growing in the Paso Robles area through local riders, as well as bicycling tourists attracted to the area for its wineries. Bicycling for transportation purposes by employees, commuters and students remains relatively low, primarily due to the lack of bicycle infrastructure connectivity and social awareness. The city wanted to develop more bicycle infrastructure to support greater use of bicycles for transportation purposes, especially for school-age students. The City of Paso Robles was designated by the League of American Bicyclists as a “Bicycle Friendly City” (Bronze Level) in 2013. Implementation of projects recommended in this plan will help the city pursue a higher status.
KTUA prepared web-ready graphics and project branding, and led well-rounded and inclusive community workshops, online engagement, stakeholder meetings and plan development. As part of the planning effort, the bicycle circulation plan map and bike improvement needs list were re-evaluated, and pedestrian projects were developed. All projects were prioritized for grant applications and coordination with existing infrastructure improvements. Bicycle and pedestrian propensity models, safe routes to schools and parks, and tourism based improvements were also included in the analysis.
This plan strengthens bike and pedestrian connections established along the Salinas River corridor and Huer Huero Creek by emphasizing the importance of these connections and more clearly articulates future alignments, particularly along Huer Huero Creek.