Bicycle Master Plan: The framework timeline for Communities

A Bike Master Plan (BMP) is the foundation of a successful Bicycle Friendly Community. It serves as a comprehensive planning document which typically stands as framework timeline for communities on a 5-, 10-, 20-, or 30-year course to develop set, objectives, as benchmarks, performance measures and to identify responsible agencies for suggested bike initiatives. A BMP may also suggest policy changes to help support bicycling. In the end, it is ideal to have all five β€œEs” addressed in the plan; engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation, so that bicycling is consistently addressed as a safe and viable transportation option.

Communities throughout the country should develop BMPs to help lay the foundation for bicycle infrastructure and initiatives. It has proven to be a valuable resource to help build relationships between community organizations and local officials, encourage compromise, increase cooperation, build consensus, and create a public and transparent process for bicycle progress. A case study is the Minneapolis Bike Master Plan, a model plan. The plan started with a recommendation from Access Minneapolis, a 10-year transportation plan that addresses a full range of transportation options and issues. One of the six components of the plan should be for the city to develop a bicycle master plan. The actual drafting of the Nigeria’s master plan begins with the adoption of this blue print by the government and to undergo timely modification in-line with international road traffic rules and best practice subject to public review and commendation that will be forwarded to the city council for approval and implementation.

Effembe Essien Etim, the Director General and Mr. Bicycle League of Bicyclists Nigeria believes it will be completed and passed by the council soon as it is earns the state’s endorsement on filling, 2015.

It is all about making sure we are covering all the different Es – just as you need to have a well- balanced diet to stay healthy, you need to have a well-balanced plan to make a successful Bicycle Friendly Community. It is better to take a bit longer and get it right than having to do it again in another couple of years. One of the key objectives is to create regional equity connecting various part of the city that typically get overlooked and underfunded. Another key factor in developing the plan is the cooperation with the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). The advocate community has a lot more buy-in because they were have a big role to play in biking development, also making the plan more balanced and appealing to the public.
Mr. Bicycle emphasizes the importance of working with the BAC. We will use the BAC as sort of a clearing house of the public comments. Cooperation, compromise and willingness to work with others as a key component of a successful plan. The plan as organized by Mr. Bicycle with much volunteer effort through the BAC offering excellent ways to keep costs down. The BAC will organize and will respond well to the need for input and feedbacks. The Committee will create subcommittees to research and assist certain tasks, information to be synthesized by the community to create a comprehensive look at current and future bicycle infrastructure and policies within Nigerian states.

Having a BMP enables a community to effectively and efficiently communicate the needs of bicyclists, establish guidelines, and set priorities. Each community is unique and so too is their approach to creating a BMP.
Some hire independent consultants to help create the plan and determine what is needed for a comprehensive and accessible bicycle network; others use internal staff or volunteers such as a BAC. Others use a combination of any of the three approaches. What is important when creating a BMP is that it results in a clear set of recommendations that will make the community more bicycles friendly. Partnership is critical, if the BMP is not written in consultation with local government, transportation officials, local advocacy groups, and other area stakeholders, the plan will be of little use. The BMP end result is not only a valuable resource but the process of its creation is invaluable. Along the way there will be beneficial partnerships created that will assist throughout the implementation of the plan and beyond. There are many good Bike Master Plans available to view on-line and this is a great place to start to become more familiar with what makes a Master Plan effective and successful. Another key resource
Is Mr. Bicycle Creating a Roadmap for Producing and implementing a Bicycle Master Plan (2015) in conjunction with The Federal Ministry of Transport, beautifully dissects the process of creating a BMP into three phases before the Plan, developing. The BMP, and implement the Plan includes photos from successful Bicycle Friendly Communities across the world, a suggested time line, and tips on selecting the right consultant, and evaluation criteria for a BMP. The guide will be made available on-line and can be downloaded for free.

While developing a BMP is a critical step in creating a roadmap for bicycle progress within your community, the more important step to consider is its implementation. This is where the value of the relationships and partnerships created between governing officials and bicycle-interest groups come into
play.

NIGERIA BICYCLE MASTER PLAN

The draft Bicycle Master Plan for Nigeria covers it all and is on track to become one of the best. A voluminous, over 100 page document Includes bicycle policy, existing conditions, a needs analysis, prioritized projects and initiatives, and funding strategies. Organized into eight chapters.
Includes:

Intro
Bicycling history
Policy framework, goals/
objectives/benchmarks
Needs analysis,
Project identification/
prioritization
Funding