Inyo County Local Transportation Commission Hummingbird Moth and Desert Peach 

IInyo County Collaborative Bikeways Plan and the Active Transportation Program

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Update The Inyo County LTC is funding the creation of  an Active Transportation Program Plan. The goal of this plan is to make local government entities competitive to apply for Active Transportation Program grant funds. The new Active Transportation Program Plan will complete:

  1. A minor update of the 2009 Inyo County Collaborative Bikeway Plan.

  2. A Pedestrian Element that will list and prioritize potential projects.

  3. A Recreation Trails Element that will list and prioritize potential projects near area communities.

  4. A Safe Routes to School Element that will update the Safe Routes to Schools maps in the City of Bishop and create Safe Routes to School maps for other areas in the County.

Staff hopes to release the draft plan for public review and comment in September 2015. The Bicycle Transportation Account has been made part of the Statewide Active Transportation Program. The Active Transportation Program plan combined several programs including the old Transportation Enhancement Program.

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.

PDF Size

Inyo County Collaborative Bikeways Plan - (without Figures and Appendices)

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Appendix 1A 

Bikeways Classification Description

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Appendix 1B

Comments and Responses (on draft document)

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Appendix 2A

Planning Document Policies

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Appendix 3A

Maps of Existing and Proposed Bicycle Facilities by Location

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Appendix 3B

Aerohead Cycles Recreational Bike Map

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Appendix 5A

Existing and Proposed Bicycle Facilities (As Amended in 2011)

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Appendix 6A

Funding Sources

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Figure 3.3

Bishop and Big Pine

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Figure 3.8

Fort Independence and Independence

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Figure 3.9

Lone Pine

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Figure 3.10 

Tecopa and Shoshone

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Entire Inyo County Collaborative Bikeways Plan

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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:

Develop a safe, convenient and effective bikeway system that promotes bicycle travel as a viable transportation mode and connects work, shopping, schools, residential and recreation areas.

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 travel.

On street bikeways can serve to enhance safety and convenience, especially if other commitments are made in conjunction with establishment of bikeways, such as: elimination of parking or increasing roadway width, elimination of surface irregularities and roadway obstacles, frequent street sweeping, establishing intersection priority on the bike route street as compared with the majority of cross streets, and the installation of bicycle sensitive loop detectors at signalized intersections.

The decision to develop bikeways should be made with the knowledge that bikeways are not the solution to all bicycle-related problems. Many of the common problems are related to improper bicyclist and motorist behavior and can only be corrected through effective education and enforcement programs. The development of well-conceived bikeways can have a positive effect on bicyclist and motorist behavior. Conversely, poorly conceived bikeways can be counterproductive to education and enforcement programs.

2014 Active Transportation Program Call for Projects

The City of Bishop applied for a Spruce Yaney Hanby sidewalk improvement project and the County applied for a Town to Tract Bicyle Route project to install bicycle lanes on Reynolds Road, County Road, School Street, and Baker Creek Road. The City and County will find out if their applications are successful in late August or September 2015.


TE History

The County and City were able to program several bicycle and pedestrian projects through the formwer Transportation Enhancement program. The City was able to construct the Pine to Park Path. The County is proceeding with Ed Powers Bicycle lanes project and the Sunland Drive bicycle lanes project. Construction began on the Sunland Drive project in August 2015. Caltrans is working toward the implementation of a West Line Street sidewalk project.


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