Riding a bicycle should be safe and fun for people of all ages, in all communities. This was the State of Rhode Island’s goal when they asked the planning professionals at VHB to help them develop a statewide plan to strategically expand their existing bicycle network to efficiently connect people and places in an equitable manner. Working across Rhode Island, our team collaborated with a geographically, professionally, and publicly diverse Bicycle Advisory Committee to develop the Rhode Island Bicycle Mobility Plan (BMP).
VHB conducted extensive outreach, both with planners from each city and town as well as numerous public workshops and local outreach events across the state. Our team developed an equity map to confirm that recommendations were appropriately distributed to traditionally underserved communities. With goals of promoting equity in bicycle planning and funding and leveraging bicycle transportation to promote economic development, the Rhode Island BMP has identified the corridors and supporting policies and programs to make this statewide vision a reality.