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Collaborative Bikeways Plan
IInyo County Collaborative Bikeways Plan
The Inyo County Collaborative Bikeways Plan is the official Bicycle Transportation Plan of the County of Inyo, City of Bishop, and Bishop Paiute Tribe. The Plan makes these entities eligible to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funding. Go to the bottom of this page to view the Bikeways Plan. Described below are grant programs that are currently accepting applications for bicycle related projects.
The Bikeways Plan can be viewed in its entirety by following the links below. It is recommended that view the site via the first link and then view the Figures and Appendices as needed - because the entire document is a very large Adobe PDF file that can be slow to download.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors, as the Lead Agency under CEQA, approved the Plan at their November 18, 2008 meeting. The Inyo County Local Transportation Commission further approved the Plan at their November 19th meeting. The City of Bishop approved the Plan at their November 24th City Council meeting and the Bishop Paiute Tribe approved the Plan at their December 4th Tribal Council meeting. LTC staff has forwarded the Collaborative Plan to Caltrans. The Caltrans State office makes the final determination if the Plan complies with Bicycle Transportation Account requirements. Their approval of the Plan will mean that the collaborative partners will be eligible to receive funding under the Bicycle Transportation Account for the next five grant cycles. The Inyo County Local Transportation Commission approved an amendment to the Bikeways Plan on July 20, 2011.
A bikeways plan focuses on special provisions
for bicycle facilities, which will encourage bicycle use by all ages
on the road system. One of the goals in the General Plan for the
County of Inyo is:
The California Department of Transportation "Highway Design Manual" provides a discussion of the role of bikeways.
Bikeways are one element of an effort to improve bicycling safety and convenience which, when added to maintenance and support facilities, either help accommodate motor vehicle traffic and bicycle traffic on shared roadways, or compliment the road system to meet needs not adequately met by roads alone.
Off street bikeways in exclusive
corridors can be effective in providing new recreational
opportunities, or in some instances, desirable commuter routes. They
can also be used to close gaps where barriers exist to bicycle
2012/2013 Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) Call for Projects
Caltrans has released a Call for Projects for BTA projects. The BTA provides state funds for city and county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters. Applications were due April 27, 2012. For more information and to view the application, follow this link to visit the Caltrans BTA website. The Federal Transportation Reauthorization, MAP-21, has combined this program with several other programs. It is unclear when the next call for projects will be released.
TE Call for Projects - 2014 RTIP
The LTC will probably release a Call for TE Projects in August 2013.
As part of the 2010 RTIP cycle, the Inyo County Local Transportation Commission (LTC) released a Call for Projects for the Transportation Enhancement Program (TE). The amount allocated to Inyo County for the 2010 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) cycle was $1,388,000. An 11.47% local match is required for all projects. Contact Inyo LTC staff at (760) 878-0201 or follow the highlighted links to obtain information about: the application process, eligibility requirements, and criteria used to evaluate applications. Applications were submitted to Inyo County LTC Staff before December 31, 2009. Bicycle related projects are TE eligible. A sidewalk project along West Line Street in Bishop was programmed and also Class III bicycle lanes on Sunland Drive in association with a roadway reconstruction was included in the 2010 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). As part of the 2012 RTIP/STIP, the LTC approved a project for the construction of Class II or III bicycle lanes on Ed Powers Road.