The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Government’s (SCCOG) Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan – called BikeWalk SECT – provides a comprehensive inventory and plan for the region’s bicycle and pedestrian programs and infrastructure. It serves as a companion to the Region’s Long Range Transportation Plan, which outlines transportation improvements for the region over the next 40 years. While state planning efforts are underway to present a statewide “Active Transportation Plan,” these efforts do not address improving bike and pedestrian connections at the regional level, between and within towns and the relationship of Southeastern Connecticut’s system to our regional economic drivers. They also don’t address the disparities between our various user groups or transit system wide ADA accommodations. This Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan is an effort to ensure that all of the municipalities in the SCCOG region have a basic level of bike and pedestrian planning and that each town’s contribution to the network is identified and leveraged in the future.
Outlined below are the project’s goals and objectives:
- Goal 1: Engage and energize constituents and member towns to enable both a state of good repair and the expansion of facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Goal 2: Create a plan for improved livability, mobility, access, healthy opportunities and economic vitality
- Goal 3: Support the varied needs of constituents and towns
- Goal 4: Provide constituents and visitors with information that will enable them to best use the system
- Goal 5: Grow the capacity of the SCCOG to provide technical support and metrics to its constituent towns