Active Transportation Plan - Blue Zones Project™

Academic Year 
2014-2015
College/Department 
School of Urban & Regional Planning
Project Partner 

Sioux City is a recently-designated Blue Zones ProjectTM demonstration site, with the goal of becoming a designated Blue Zones Community within the next two years. The Blue Zones ProjectTM is a community well-being improvement initiative that works to make it easier for members of the public to lead healthy lifestyles through encouraging permanent changes to community environments, policies, and social networks. One of the requirements of being designated a Blue Zones Community is to develop an active transportation plan. An active transportation plan is multi-faceted, and includes elements such as a bicycle and pedestrian master plan, a Complete Streets program, a Rails-to-Trails program, and a Safe Routes to Schools program, among others. Students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning were tasked with creating two parts of the active transportation plan: a bicycle master plan and pedestrian master plan. Their recommendations are structured around five E's: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. The recommendations address reducing and overcoming existing barriers to bicycle and pedestrian transportation, providing safe and accessible connections between existing bike and pedestrian networks, and encouraging community participation.