The Phoenix City Council has approved a plan that will add miles of bike lanes throughout the community.
The council’s unanimous vote Wednesday supports the Active Transportation Plan that will guide expansion of bike lane miles and improvements to the citywide transportation network, city officials said in a release.
The plan is an update to the city's Bicycle Master Plan that was approved by the council in 2014 and connects to the Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan that was given the go-ahead in 2022.
A key component to the Active Transportation Plan, officials said, is a strategy to help Phoenix meet a commitment to add 1,080 new bike lane miles by 2050.
As outlined in the plan, “the Street Transportation Department will work in each of Phoenix's urban villages to develop an expanded network of bike lanes,” the release stated.
“The work will be done with two urban villages per year to create the plan and schedule installation of the bike lanes within two years, and as funding is available.”
The process should take 10 years, city officials said, adding the urban villages will be “prioritized based on equity and the individual village workload.”
The process also will identify potential larger projects that would require longer planning timelines and additional funding.
The Phoenix Street Transportation Department receives $2 million annually in Bicycle Master Plan funding from the Highway Users Revenue Fund, which will be used to implement the Active Transportation Plan, according to the city.