Active Transportation Planning

What is Active Transportation?

Active Transportation is any non-motorized, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling.  It is how we get where we are going using our own power.  

 Why is Active Transportation important?

Active Transportation promotes a healthy lifestyle by helping people be active in their daily lives.  It also creates a transportation network that allows people to get to important destinations within the city.  

What is being done to improve Active Transportation in the City of Superior? 

The city is committed to the improvement of its Active Transportation System through the development of a comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan emphasizing safety and usability.  The Active Transportation Plan’s focus is on connecting neighborhoods and key activity centers throughout the City such as schools, parks, government facilities, commercial areas, retail districts, places of employment, and recreational areas.  Goals of the plan include improving public safety, promoting an active lifestyle, and linking destinations within the City. The Active Transportation Plan will serve as the road map for future transportation network improvements.

The completed Active Transportation Plan will form the basis for future improvements to bike and pedestrian facilities and guide decisions as highways and streets are reconstructed.  It will be implemented as a living document to reflect progress in the plan and the effects of completed elements.  The City of Superior is committed to the plan’s development and its utilization to create a vibrant Active Transportation System.

The city has partnered with Toole Design for this project.  Toole has extensive experience with active transportation planning and has produced similar plans for numerous communities.  Toole is also involved in drafting of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities.  The AASHTO Guide is an authoritative national design standard for bike way design.  The city is excited to be working with Toole and benefiting from the experience they bring to the table.  

This project is funded by the WisDOT Transportation Alternatives Program.  The Transportation Alternatives Program allocates federal funds to transportation improvement projects that “expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment."  It is because of this funding that we are able to pursue this project.

What can you do?

Public input is an essential element to Active Transportation Planning.  No one knows the benefits and the challenges of Active Transportation in the city better than those who attempt to bike, walk, and move around the city in active ways.  We want to hear what those challenges are and your ideas to make them better.  Some of the fundamental questions include:

•    Where are good places to walk and bike?

•    Where are the challenging places to walk and bike?

•    What streets are particularly challenging to cross?

•    What would make walking and biking in Superior safer, more comfortable, and more convenient?


Please click on the map below to be directed to an interactive site where you can select a location in the city and do the following:  Add lines to the map to indicate good and bad routes, add points for destinations and barriers, add your comments and view comments from others!

photo of active transportation plan interactive map

The first public involvement meeting was held on Wednesday, June 5th.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can email your thoughts and ideas to:  Public Works