Cheyenne Area On-Street Bicycle Plan and Greenway Plan Update

FINAL BIKE PLAN – September 2012




Project Overview

The purpose of doing an On Street Bicycle Plan for the Cheyenne metropolitan area is to provide the City, County and WYDOT a comprehensive document to guide the implementation of projects that increase bicycle safety, increase bicycle ridership, implements complete streets and provides a continuous and safe non motorized system that ensures easy access to jobs, services, and commerce. The Plan will lay out short- and long-term strategies to make cycling and trail use safe, convenient and attractive activities within the community.

Cheyenne is a community of roughly 60,000 people who love the outdoors and enjoy being in tune with their surroundings. The Cheyenne metropolitan area is characterized by compact urban form with reasonably good road connectivity to all neighborhoods. Additionally, this community enjoys an excellent greenway system with about 30 miles of built trails and many more miles planned for the future. Thus, Cheyenne has unique opportunities as well as potential to become a bicycle friendly community. Currently, the greenway trails are being used predominantly for recreation. However, there is a latent demand for a non motorized system that provides efficiency, continuity and mobility to use this as a primary method of transportation. Lack of a continuous, safe and efficient system, currently discourages people from bicycling to their respective destinations. The Bicycle Vision Plan in Cheyenne’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan states that, “Bicycle facility needs should be based on general principles of safe and convenient bicycling, as well as specific location needs for various situations in the Cheyenne Area. These can be summarized as – safety and convenience, connections to recreational paths and trails, connections between destinations, options, signage, bicycle parking, intermodal connections, ancillary facilities, and demand.”

BAC (Bicycle Advisory Committee)
The Bicycle Advisory Committee is a citizen based committee to help guide this planning initiative. The Committee also includes various representatives from the City/County/State technical staff.

BAC Members get ready for a bicycle tour of Cheyenne

BAC Members (Alphabetically)

Abby Yenco, Laramie County Planning Department Brandon Cammarata, City of Cheyenne Urban Planning Department Stephanie Heitsch, CRMC and Laramie County Safe Kids Program Dick Krahenbuhl, Greenway Advisory Committee George Anadiontis, Rock on Wheels bike shop owner Jay Guerin, Greenway Advisory Committee Jay Meyer, MPO Citizens Advisory Committee and Former WYDOT Bike/Ped Coordinator Jeff Moench, Bicycle Commuter and Interested Citizen Jeffrey Purdy, Federal Highway Administration Kelly Thornbury, Cheyenne Cycling Club Kevin McCoy, WYDOT Planning Mike Londe, Cheyenne Cycling Club Paige Smith, Interested Citizen Pete Laybourn, Interested Citizen Rick Schum, Blue Cross Blue Shield Teresa Moore, City of Cheyenne Parks & Recreation Department
Nathan Beauheim, City of Cheyenne Traffic Engineering Tom Mason, Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization Talbot Hauffe, WYDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator Vicki Nemecek, City of Cheyenne Public Works
William Merrill, Interested Citizen

Project Managers Sreyoshi Chakraborty, Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization Jeff Wiggins, Cheyenne Parks & Recreation Department

Workshop by Michael Ronkin, Dec 6 2010 

Michael Ronkin is a former Oregon DOT employee  and contractor and currently a private consultant nationally recognized for his expertise in helping communities design bicycling and pedestrian facilities. Michael held a workshop here in Cheyenne for the benefit of the City/County and State technical staff to provide them with ideas on designing, installing and maintaining bicycle facilities in the Cheyenne urban area.

Click here for Michael Ronkin’s Presentation

Existing Documents

Final Working Papers

Resources and Model Plans from other Communities

Sample Bicycle Plans

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Guide to Bike Safety

National Association of City Transportation Officials

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Design Guidance Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach

Evaluation of Innovative Bicycle Facilities Study

Draft AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Bicycle Facilities

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Pedestrian and Bicycle Research Papers published by the Transportation Research Board, 1996 – 2000

Bicycle Facilities and Commuting in Major US Cities

Guidelines for Analysis of Investments in Bicycle Facilities, NCHRP Report 552


American Planning Association,

Smart Growth America,

Congress for New Urbanism,

Walkable Communities, Inc.,

Livability in Transportation by USDOT



Draft Bikeway Recommendations

Bicycle Facilty Types