On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization launched a new survey to kick off the update to its Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. A lot has changed since the Memphis MPO adopted its current Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in late 2011. A region-wide survey of cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers about how they travel, their knowledge of traffic laws, and their priorities for funding alternative transportation projects is the first step in updating the plan.
The 2014 Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey will ask residents about what kinds of trips they make by cycling or walking, perceptions of safety and comfort as a pedestrian or bicyclist, and knowledge of local traffic laws and ordinances. The survey also asks how to better inform the public about active transportation projects, and how regional planners should prioritize funding for bicycle & pedestrian projects. The survey takes about ten minutes to complete. Respondents who complete the survey are eligible to enter a drawing for a grand prize of $500.00.
The Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey is being conducted as a part of the Mid-South Regional Travel Survey project, which includes polling transit riders, freight providers, and randomly selected households in the greater Memphis metropolitan area. By determining where, when, and how people travel today, the Memphis MPO and their local and state partners hope to set better transportation policy and more accurately predict long-term transportation needs, looking twenty or more years into the future.
Anyone interested in taking the survey can go to www.midsouthbikeped.org or can contact the MPO offices at (901) 576-7190 to request paper copies.