In 2017, the Town of Apex was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT), to develop a comprehensive bicycle plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify opportunities and constraints for bicycling in Apex, and to establish recommendations for improvement.
The planning process began in late 2017 and is expected to conclude in late 2018. The Bike Plan is being developed in coordination with the Advance Apex planning process. Learn more about the Bike Plan and opportunities for engagement by visiting the tabs below.
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The Town's Draft Comprehensive Bicycle Plan is now available under the “Resources and Maps” tab on this web page. The draft plan will be presented at two public hearings. The Planning Board will make a recommendation regarding potential adoption to the Town Council. The Town Council will make a decision regarding adoption.
The public is invited to speak at either or both hearings. Town Council agendas and guidance for making comments during public hearings are available at: http://www.apexnc.org/838/Agendas-Minutes.
PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING:
- DATE: Monday, December 10, 2018
- TIME: 4:30 pm
- PLACE: 2nd Floor, Apex Town Hall (73 Hunter Street)
TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING:
- DATE: Thursday, January 3, 2019
- TIME: 7:00 pm
- PLACE: 2nd Floor, Apex Town Hall (73 Hunter Street)
Open House Public Workshops
Two open house public workshops will be held during the planning process:
- Workshop #1 was held on Monday, May 21, 2018. This meeting focused on visioning, existing conditions, and preliminary bicycle network recommendations. Read the Workshop Summary Report.
- Workshop #2: was held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Town Hall (73 Hunter Street, Apex). This meeting focused on a review of the Draft Plan recommendations and priorities.
An online survey for Bike Apex was open from August 3 - September 4, 2018. The purpose was to gather input on draft recommendations and priorities. View draft recommendations and survey the results at: https://publicinput.com/3051.
If you have any questions or comments please email Shannon Cox.
The Apex Bike Plan is expected to take about 12 months to complete, with the goal of plan adoption by Town Council in late 2018 or early 2019.
December 2018 Update
The Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of the draft Bicycle Plan at their December 10th, 2018 meeting with the following substantive changes, as recommended by staff:
- Adjust alignment of proposed greenway connection between Wimberly Road and Green Level Church Road to follow alignment of future collector street in the same location.
- Modify recommendation between Reedy Branch Greenway and Olive Chapel Road to propose a complete connection to the Reedy Branch Greenway.
- Show missing proposed greenway connection north of Termini Drive, consistent with adopted plan.
- Correct side path along Apex Barbecue Road to show proposed instead of existing between Town Side Drive and S. Salem Street.
- Add proposed side path along the future major collector street between NC 55 and Middle Creek Greenway. Extend proposed side path along NC 55 to this intersection.
The revised Bicycle Plan document and Bicycle Plan Recommendations map that will be presented to Town Council at their meeting on January 3rd, 2019 are available below (see Get Involved tab for meeting details):
November 2018 Update
The Town's Draft Comprehensive Bicycle Plan is now available:
The draft plan will be considered at two public hearings in December and January. Visit the “Get Involved” tab on this web page for more information.
September 2018 Update
Draft recommendations were presented for public input at an open house held on August 2, 2018. An online survey was available from August 3 - September 4, 2018. View draft recommendations from the open house and online survey results below.
Why is Apex preparing a bicycle plan?
The Town of Apex needs this plan to: leverage transportation projects associated with unprecedented development, provide multi-modal transportation choices, improve safety along routes used for bicycling, and address demands for bicycling for recreation and transportation. The purpose of this plan is to identify opportunities and constraints for bicycling in Apex, and to establish recommendations for improvement. This plan aims to use bicycling as a tool for improvements in mobility, safety, health, economy, environment, and overall quality of life. The goal is to create safe and connected routes for bicycling in Apex, with connections towards surrounding communities.
How is the bicycle plan being funded?
The Town of Apex was awarded a planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) to develop a comprehensive bicycle transportation plan. Seventy percent of the funds needed to complete the plan are provided by the NCDOT grant. Thirty percent of the funds are provided by the Town.
How does this plan relate to Advance Apex?
Advance Apex covers many issues related to land use and transportation, including analysis and recommendations pertaining to multiple modes of transportation. The Apex Bike Plan, on the other hand, focuses on bicycle transportation specifically. The Bike Plan recommendations will be developed to complement and support the work of Advance Apex.
How will the plan be used?
The Apex Bike Plan will provide a framework for the Town, residents, developers, NCDOT, and other regional planning partners to strategically build better connections for bicycling in Apex. The plan will provide detailed bicycle facility recommendations needed to seek project funding, coordinate with future development, and shape policy and program decisions for the Town.
What types of bicycle facilities will be included in the plan?
The plan will make recommendations for on-road bicycle facilities, such as bicycle lanes and shared-lane markings, as well as separated facilities, such as greenway trails and shared-use paths. In addition to infrastructure recommendations, the plan will also make recommendations for bicycle-related programs and policies.
How will projects be prioritized?
Projects will be prioritized using a combination of factors. Some will be based on state funding criteria, such as connections to major and minor destinations, distances to those destinations, connectivity to other existing bicycle facilities, bicycle crash history, and feedback from the Steering Committee and the public. The prioritization process will guide funding pursuits for recommended projects.
How long is the planning process?
The Apex Bike Plan is expected to take about 12-months to complete, with the goal of plan adoption by Town Council in late 2018 or early 2019.
I missed the public workshops and the online survey. Can I still share my opinions on the bike plan?
To ask questions or provide input at any time during the planning process contact the Town’s Senior Transportation Planner, Shannon Cox, by email or phone at (919) 249-3505.
Bike Plan development will be guided by a Steering Committee representing a range of perspectives. Steering Committee members include:
- Angela Reincke, Parks and Greenways Planner, Town of Apex
- Bill Jensen, Councilmember, Town of Apex
- David Cole, Bicycle advocate and Apex resident
- David Keilson, North Carolina Department of Transportation
- Jennifer Delcourt, Active Routes to School Coordinator
- Joanna Helms, Economic Development Director, Town of Apex
- John Letteney, Chief of Police, Town of Apex
- John Vine-Hodge, North Carolina Department of Transportation
- Jose Martinez, Public Works & Transportation Director, Town of Apex
- Lance Olive, Mayor, Town of Apex
- Linda Barrett, Wake Med
- Margot Knepp, Bicycle advocate and Apex resident
- Paul Black, Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Reginald Skinner, Planning Board, Town of Apex
- Russell Dalton, Senior Traffic Engineer, Town of Apex
- Shannon Flaherty, Chamber of Commerce
- Stephen Sposato, Wake County Public School System
- Tom Colwell, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission