TRANSPORTATION

Planning

MVPO conducts short and long range planning for its member communities. Plans include: 

Safe Routes to School Travel Plan

Active Transportation Plan

Coordinated Transportation Plan

Planning Overview

Children Arriving at School

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a federally funded program through the Department of Transportation for grades K-8 designed to inspire local action to initiate safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools.

The first step in developing your Safe Routes to School Program is to create a School Travel Plan (STP). The STP is a written document that outlines a community’s intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school. A comprehensive STP is created through a team-based approach that involves key community stakeholders and members of the public in both identifying barriers to active transportation. Used during this process are the 5 E's: 

  • Engineering strategies

  • Education programs

  • Enforcement strategies

  • Encouragement activities

  • Evaluation

Once your School Travel Plan is developed and approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), your community will be able to apply for funding for infrastructure and non-infrastructure countermeasures to make walking and biking safer for students.

Infrastructure countermeasures identified in your School Travel Plan require certified cost estimates and are 100% federally funded from $200,000 to $400,000 per community. Cost overruns are the responsibility of the applicant. Non-infrastructure countermeasures, such as educational materials, are funding up to $15,000 for 1 - 10 schools. Funding cycles are on an annual basis, with applications due in March. 

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Public Input Needed

Village of Edgerton Safe Routes to School Travel Plan

Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) has been working with school representatives, County and Village officials, and others to develop a Safe Routes to School Travel Plan for the Village of Edgerton School District. The plan will outline the strategies and countermeasures needed to support increased travel of students walking and biking to and from school.  

MVPO is requesting public input for the Safe Routes to School Travel Plan. A public meeting will be held on January 31, 2022, at 5:30 pm in the Village of Edgerton Council Room, 324 N Michigan Ave, Edgerton, OH 43517. At this meeting, we will discuss any concerns the public has for the safety of students walking/biking to and from school. Any public concerns received will be taken into consideration before the final plan is sent to the Ohio Department of Transportation for approval. Public concerns can be submitted to intern@mvpo.org. Once complete, the draft plan will be available online at www.mvpo.org and at 1300 E. Second Street, Suite 200 Defiance, Ohio 43512. Comments will be accepted until February 03, 2022.

Cycling

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Active transportation is human-powered transportation that engages people in healthy physical activity while they travel from place to place. People walking, bicycling, using strollers, wheelchairs/mobility devices, skateboarding, and rollerblading are engaged in active transportation.

An Active Transportation Plan (ATP) outlines the vision, goals and strategies needed to support increased walking, bicycling and other active modes of transportation. An ATP may be developed by a state, regional or local agency. It should identify a combination of programs, policies and physical improvements (such as new sidewalks or bicycle paths) that are needed to ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of active travel modes. The ATP might be one element of a broader planning process, such as a regional long-range transportation plan, or it might be a stand-alone document (sometimes also called a Bicycle/Pedestrian or Complete Streets Plan).

 

Community leaders in Williams County came together in late 2017 to create the Williams County Parks Committee. Members of the County Health Department, County Engineering staff, municipal representatives, as well as regional trail supporters and other County organizations formed the Committee in order to better connect parks throughout the County, share resources, and ultimately enhance amenities in Williams County while improving the overall quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Through meeting and discussing ideas, the Committee recognized the need for Active Transportation while planning for bicycle and pedestrian connectivity. 

 

After recognizing the need for greater connectivity for non-motorized transportation, the committee enlisted the Maumee Valley Planning Organization to lead the development of an Active Transportation Plan for the County. The Plan identifies the vision and goals, documents the public involvement efforts that occurred during the planning process, provides information about existing conditions, analyzes where gaps exist through a needs assessment, outlines plan recommendations, and provides next steps in the form of implementation and evaluation items.

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COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

The purpose of locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plans (coordinated plans) is to identify community resources for transportation and mobility, understand the gaps and unmet needs within those resources, and to determine the approach to addressing those gaps and unmet needs. 

Federal law requires these plans to be developed and approved through a process that includes participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and other members of the public.
 
ODOT does not require any entity to produce a Coordinated Plans, but for small urban and rural areas of Ohio, ODOT makes 5310 project selections; therefore ODOT must ensure that projects' underlying Coordinated Plans are in compliance with Federal transit law.  ODOT encourages coordinated plans that go beyond the requirements of Section 5310 funding to include analysis of needs and development projects to address the mobility needs of the general public.

current plans

City of Bryan Safe Routes to School Travel Plan

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a federally funded program for grades K-8 designed to inspire local action to initiate safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from school. A SRTS Team representing diverse sectors of the Bryan City School District met during 2019 to develop a SRTS Travel Plan for Bryan Elementary and Middle Schools. The draft School Travel Plan was finalized on January 13, 2020 after a 30-day public comment period. Access the final City of Bryan Safe Routes to School Travel Plan below. 

 

 

Defiance County Active Transportation Plan

Active Transportation is defined by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) as “human-powered transportation that engages people in healthy, physical activity while they travel from place to place.” The most common examples of Active Transportation include walking, bicycling, horseback riding, and skateboarding. Active Transportation is important for several reasons, as it promotes healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy economy, and mobility for all.

After recognizing the need for greater connectivity for non-motorized transportation in Defiance County, a committee was formed to investigate the needs and potential solutions. This Planning Committee consists of representatives located throughout Defiance County including local entities, schools, social service agencies, the County health department, and more. 

 

The Planning Committee enlisted the Maumee Valley Planning Organization to lead the development of an Active Transportation Plan for the County. The main purpose of this Plan is to outline the vision, goals, and strategies needed to support increased modes of Active Transportation in Defiance County. The Plan identifies the vision and goals, documents the public involvement efforts that occurred during the planning process, provides information about existing conditions, analyzes where gaps exist through a needs assessment, outlines plan recommendations, and provides next steps in the form of implementation and evaluation items.

The Defiance County Active Transportation Plan was adopted by the Defiance County Commissioners via resolution on January 13, 2020 after a 30-day public comment period. Access the adopted plan and executive summary below.

Williams County Active Transportation Plan 

Community leaders in Williams County came together in late 2017 to create the Williams County Parks Committee. Members of the County Health Department, County Engineering staff, municipal representatives, as well as regional trail supporters and other County organizations formed the Committee in order to better connect parks throughout the County, share resources, and ultimately enhance amenities in Williams County while improving the overall quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Through meeting and discussing ideas, the Committee recognized the need for Active Transportation while planning for bicycle and pedestrian connectivity. 

After recognizing the need for greater connectivity for non-motorized transportation, the committee enlisted the Maumee Valley Planning Organization to lead the development of an Active Transportation Plan for the County. The main purpose of this Plan is to outline the vision, goals, and strategies needed to support increased modes of Active Transportation in Williams County. The Plan identifies the vision and goals, documents the public involvement efforts that occurred during the planning process, provides information about existing conditions, analyzes where gaps exist through a needs assessment, outlines plan recommendations, and provides next steps in the form of implementation and evaluation items.

The plan was adopted on February 25, 2019 via a resolution by the Williams County Commissioners following a 30-day public comment period.