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Bike Plan - how to develop a great bike plan
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An effective bike plan is best thought of as a milestone in a continuous process of developing bike riding. A workbook is available that outlines those processes!
The Local Government Bike Plan Workbook, how to develop a great bike plan
13 December 2011. Development of the workbook has been an ongoing process which commenced in 2010. Bicycle Network responded to requests from local governments for practical guidance in developing bike plans. There has been wide consultation including at the Bike Futures Conference in 2010 and 2011.
The workbook aims to make it easier for local governments to develop effective bike plans.
Most bike plans are produced through a combination of in-house work and work carried out by external consultants. In general, this is a productive combination. This workbook will help you identify who is best placed to do the work.
An effective plan will be informed and guided by data that will allow before and after comparison of particular projects and evaluation of the plan as a whole. This workbook identifies the data that the plan can be based on and how it can be collected.
An effective plan will be used throughout its life to answer basic questions such as: Why are we doing this? What are we trying to achieve? Where are we up to? What is working well? What should we do next? An effective plan will encapsulate the corporate knowledge and help bridge the gaps caused by the inevitable change of personnel. The process outlined in this workbook will help you answer all those questions.
Importantly a bike plan must be tailored. Although most chapter headings in a plan can be the same from council to council, each local government authority will need a plan that reflects their context, their aims, their culture and capabilities. This workbook identifies how you can get a plan that is the right size and shape for your needs and opportunities.
We hope that the workbook will help you produce a plan that is regularly referred to, that evolves over its life and that leads to successful measurable outcomes that are highly valued by the community.
For a full copy of the workbook click here.
We invite your comments, please contact us.