The short distances Americans travel for many of their daily trips make bicycling and walking a highly viable transportation mode. Nearly 40% of all trips are under two miles, a distance easily accomplished by bicycle or on foot by a reasonably physically fit adult or child. In addition, 80% of all trips people take are not for commuting to work, but are for other purposes, many of which do not necessarily demand a car to accomplish. However, while there is potential for many more people to bicycle and walk for transportation, the lack of a safe, direct and usable bicycle and pedestrian network often makes it difficult. Not unlike many regions across the state, and indeed the country, the Killeen-Temple region faces the challenge of a less than complete bicycle/pedestrian network. However, as will be discussed, many of the cities within the region are making significant strides toward improvement.

To view the KTMPO Regional Thoroughfare and Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan, click here.

Bicycle and pedestrian facilities play a role in creating a multi-modal transportation system. Bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities provide an easy and safe way for people to access public transportation systems. By providing a safe route to transit stops, more people are likely to use public transit. With more people using transit, traffic congestion will decrease and air quality will increase.

Did you know that our local transit system cater towards bicyclists? The HOP is making it easier for cyclists to access their buses by providing people with bike racks. Each HOP Fixed Route Buses are equipped with bicycle racks which allows users to safely secure their bicycle. A bike rider can now bicycle ride to a HOP station, safely secure their bicycle to one of the HOP buses and ride a HOP bus.

For more information regarding the HOP, please visit their website at www.takethehop.com

Did you know that May is National Bike Month?

In 1956, the League of American Bicyclist dedicated May as National Bike Month. This movement helps promote bicycling in communities throughout America.  As National Bike Month became popular, cities have hosted their own National Bike Month events that aim to create livable and healthy communities.

Throughout National Bike Month, there are many different bike events that are held.

  • May 10th, 2017- National Bike to School Day
  • May 15th-19th 2017-National Bike to Work Week
  • May 19th, 2016-National Bike to Work Day.

If you do plan on taking a stroll, safety is the number one priority! Bicycle riding along a bike lane, trail, and other dedicated bike infrastructure can protect you from automobiles. Make sure you bike ride in a well-lit area, wear reflective clothing, know your surroundings and ALWAYS wear a helmet.

As we enter May, try do your part in participating in National Bike Month events. Gather up a group of friends and bike ride or bike ride with one of our local bicycle groups. You can also use our Bike/Pedestrian Web Map to find safe routes in your area.  Stay safe and do your part for National Bike Month!

May 2017 National Bike Month Resolution

  • Bike and Pedestrian Web Map

    Locate trails, sidewalks or bike lanes on our bike/pedestrian web map.

    Search, navigate, and even make edits to help improve the transportation network for other cyclists and pedestrians.

    Your input can then be used to help determine projects that address bike/pedestrian issues.

    Please use this user guide if you need help using this map.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

On January 19th, 2016, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, also known as BPAC was established. BPAC was established by the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization (KTMPO) Transportation Planning Policy Board with the purpose of improving the bicycle and walking mobility within the Killeen-Temple Region.

Currently, BPAC has 17 voting members that represent both bicycle and pedestrian needs. Members include local government officials, stakeholder groups and citizen representatives.

The following people are the 17 voting members that are on BPAC:

  • Chair Kara Escajeda-City of Nolanville
  • Vice Chair Reese Davis-City of Killeen
  • Matt Bates- City of Belton
  • Joe Brown- City of Copperas Cove
  • Leo Mantey- City of Harker Heights
  • Keith Dyer- City of Morgan’s Point Resort
  • Brian Chandler- City of Temple
  • Kris Long- Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Waco District
  • Robert Ator-Hill Country Transit District
  • Pamela Terry-Citizen Representative
  • Peggy McIlvanie-Citizen Representative
  • Keller Matthews- BS&W Cycling Club/Citizen Representative
  • Lindsey Anderson-Team RWB/Citizen Representative
  • Chad Welch- Tri-City Bicycles/Citizen Representative
  • Doug Edwards- Central Texas College/Citizen Representative
  • Marlene Maciborski- Women on Wheels/Citizen Representative
  • Jimmie McCormack-Team Road Kill/Citizen Representatives

Federal Funding Sources for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STP) Funds may be used for the construction of recreational trails projects, pedestrian and bicycle projects and the Safe Routes to School Program.

National Recreation Trail Funds may be used for a variety of recreational trails programs to benefit bicyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized and motorized users. In Texas, this category of funding is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Safe Routes to School Program provides funds and resources to the states to develop and improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs near elementary and middle schools.

National Highway System (NHS) Funds may be used to construct bicycle transportation facilities and pedestrian walkways on land adjacent to any highway on the National Highway System (other than the Interstate System).

FHWA’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program develops and provides safety programs in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. FHWA’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Research provides information and research on issues related to improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

The FHWA’s Federal Lands Highway Program Funds may be used to construct pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities in conjunction with roads, highways, and parkways at the discretion of the department charged with the administration of such funds.

For more funding opportunities, please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov.

Complete Streets

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Complete Streets are streets that are design to provide safety and easy access for all users regardless of mode of travel or ability. Components of Complete Streets may include bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, median islands, dedicated bus lanes, crosswalks, lights, and scenery. By providing incorporating the Complete Streets concept can cause congestion to decrease, improve air quality, economic development, healthy and livable communities, and increase in safety.

How can Complete Streets Benefit Communities?

Areas that lack Complete Streets can be highly congested and dangerous. Approximately, 15% of American students who ride the bus to school to so because it is too dangerous to walk. In the City of Houston, 3 out of every 5 people who are either disabled or elderly, lack sidewalks between their homes and the nearest bus stop. As a result, only 10% use public transportation, even though 50% live within two blocks of a bus stop. Additionally, elderly people, who comprise 13% of the population, account for 18% of all pedestrian fatalities. By providing a safe, easy way to access schools, transit stops and other points of interests can decrease congestion, create healthy communities, and increase air quality.

Cities that have incorporated the Complete Streets guidelines have seen positive results. Approximately 55% of the American population falls short of the recommended activity guidelines. Studies have found that 43% of people with safe places to walk within ten minutes of their homes meet recommended activity levels. Complete Streets also help to reduce vehicle emissions. In areas where Complete Streets are located, carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 20 pounds per day. Nitrous Oxide and Volatile Organic Compounds both decrease at 8% and 10% respectively when Complete Streets are present.

Local Bike Riding Events 

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Are you looking for bicycle rides throughout Texas? Visit www.bicycleridestexas.com, for ride dates, locations and events. You can also post ride information if you plan to host a bike ride.

Ride of Silence

On May 17, 2017, thousands of cyclists will participate in the Ride of Silence. The Ride of Silence is a memorial bike ride to remember those who were killed while riding their bike. The first Ride of Silence was held in 2003 in Dallas with 1,000 participants and has quickly grown to an internationally recognized event. In 2016, there were 445 Ride of Silence events held in 48 countries including events in all 50 US States.

For more information on the Ride of Silence, please click here.

This year, the Women on Wheels Bicycle Group is sponsoring a Ride of Silence memorial ride starting at Temple’s Lion Park. Stay tuned for the Temple Ride of Silence flier.

Temple Bike Share Program

Temple Bike Share program is our local bike sharing program. With four stations in Temple, this program allows easy accessibility for people to travel throughout Temple.

For more information, please click on the following link.

Temple Bike Share Program

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