Bicycle boulevards enhance access and comfort for bicyclists, attract new bicycle users and increase ridership. Bike boulevards are off-street pathways and streets with low-motorized traffic volumes and speeds designated and designed to give bicycle travel priority. They can have a range of amenities to reflect local conditions and generally use signage, pavement markings, landscape and hardscape, as well as speed and volume management measures to discourage through trips by motor vehicles and promote safe, convenient bicycle use and crossing of busy arterial & collector streets. Bike boulevards connect neighborhoods to major destinations, employment centers and activity centers.
As part of the Tempe Transportation Master Plan, which was approved by the Council on Jan. 8, 2015, the overall Tempe bicycle network has been branded as BIKEiT (Bike in Tempe) and the bicycle boulevard system has complimentary logos. As part of the Transportation Master Plan, and utilizing public feedback a network of bicycle boulevards for Tempe was developed. The map below details nine bike boulevards city-wide that would be implemented to connect existing facilities, major destinations, neighborhoods and the downtown Tempe and ASU campus. Please note that the Seat route was put on hold in 2016.
In fall 2017, four routes were launched: Brake, Pedal, Handlebars and Spoke.A map of the routes can be found here.
Seat Route History
Public meetings for residents along the proposed Seat Route occurred May 13, Aug. 12 and Nov. 5, 2015. Public comment was available from May 13 to June 14, from August 12 to 26, and from Oct. 30 to Nov. 16, 2015. A neighborhood meeting with residents who live between Kenwood Lane and McClintock Drive was held Dec. 12, 2015. For residents who live between McClintock and Rural, a meeting was held Mon, Jan. 11, 2016. For residents who live between Rural and Kyrene, a meeting was held Jan. 19, 2016. For residents who live between Kyrene and Highline Canal, a meeting was held Jan. 25, 2016. A final pubic meeting was held Feb. 22, 2016. Public comment was taken from February 22 to March 6, 2016.
Public comments from November 2015 (updated 12/2/2015)