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A Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is under development at JMU.  Planning efforts were started in December 2012 by the creation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) which was formed to facilitate the development of the Plan.

The purpose of the JMU Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is to provide a tactical and strategic blueprint for the development of an efficient, safe, and interconnected system of pedestrian, bicycle, and multi-use facilities that will both augment the transportation system within the JMU campus, as well as establish efficient connections to the City and other regional transportation networks. More specifically, the Plan will include a comprehensive system of bicycle and pedestrian routes, bicycle facilities and infrastructure, and signage which will accommodate, encourage, and enhance the safe and convenient use of bicycles on the JMU campus.

The overall approach for the development of the Plan will be the creation of a set of well-analyzed solutions with various cost/benefit ratios and other attributes that will have different investment requirements and time-frames for implementation.  This will culminate in the prioritization and the ultimate selection of the best solutions which will become the key components of the Plan.

The consulting firm of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) has been engaged and is assisting with the development of the Plan. VHB has extensive experience in developing transportation plans for urban areas and universities.