Visualize 2045 should envision a more bike-friendly future.
Visualize 2045, a long-range transportation plan. The intent of this long-range plan is to chart the course for the next 25+ years, and include aspirational elements that will help push our region in the right direction. While there are some positive elements within Visualize 2045, the plan doesn’t go nearly far enough for people who bike and walk. Of the seven aspirational elements, only two directly address biking and walking. In addition, the trail initiative, known as the National Capital Trail, is just a small sliver of a much broader, visionary future trail network called the Capital Trails Network.Imagine our region in the year 2045. What will transportation look like in this region for people who bike and walk? What types of infrastructure will we have? WABA has spent a lot of time thinking about this. Our vision is one including hundreds of paved trails, interconnected networks of protected bike lanes, and safe and accessible places to bike for transportation, recreation and fitness. Regional transportation planners are also asking this same question for all modes of transportation. Through the Transportation Planning Board (TPB, the Washington DC’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization), regional planners have created