Plans and Policies
There are several plans and policies that outline the future of bicycling in Springfield.
The Greenway Trail Plan for 2040 provides the specifics for continuing the development of a trail network in the Springfield metropolitan area. Our vision is to create a safe, accessible, comprehensive system of parks, open space, and greenways with sufficient land and facilities that connect selected public and private spaces while preserving the natural environment, and creating the Community as a Park concept through the participation and dedication of all segments of the community working in concert with the Park Board, the City of Springfield, Missouri, and Greene County. The current version of the Trails Plan is the Parks, Trails, and Open Space element of Vision 20/20.
An updated plan known as "Forward SGF", Springfield’s comprehensive plan for 2040 is currently being reviewed.
The Bikeway Plan for 2040 provides the specifics for continuing the development of bicycle facilities on and near the streets of Springfield. Our vision is to improve the safety, access, connectivity, convenience, and prevalence of bicycling as a transportation choice supporting livability within the City of Springfield and its vicinity.
The current version of the bikeway plan is a Policy for Bicyclists on Public Facilities in Springfield accepted by Springfield City Council in 2008. An updated Bikeway Plan for 2040 will be updated as part of Springfield’s "Forward SGF" comprehensive plan.
The Complete Street Policy outlines how streets will be developed for all users through new development, street construction projects, and maintenance operations.
Our vision is that every public street, walkway, and greenways trail right-of-way in Springfield should be planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated to the fullest extent feasible to provide a transportation system such that all users will have transportation options to safely and conveniently travel to their destinations. City Council adopted a Complete Streets Policy in December, 2014, that states that all users will be considered as roadways are build, reconstructed, and maintained.