Promoting and encouraging multi-modal travel has become a major priority for the City of Lenoir and for communities across the region, the state, and the country. Bicycling - both as a form of transportation and as a recreational activity - can benefit the a community's:
To develop the Bicycle Plan, the City of Lenoir applied for a grant through North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation's (NCDOT-DBPT) Planning Grant Initiative. The planning grant, along with a 15% match from the City funded the creation of the City of Lenoir Bicycle Plan (PDF).
Development of the Plan
A project team consisting of planners, engineers, and City staff spearheaded the development of the plan. A 17-person steering committee met four times over the course of the plan's development, setting and refining the plan's direction to reflect the needs and desires of the community. Public input was a critical piece of the planning process, and public engagement strategies included two open houses, an online survey, and a public hearing.
The overarching and aspirational vision of the Lenoir Bicycle Plan is that: Riding bicycles in the City of Lenoir will be a safe and convenient way for residents and visitors to travel for transportation and recreation. The City's bicycle network will be accessible, connected, and attractive for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.