The Bicycle and Trail Master Plan's main goals are to increase city connectivity and create safe, comfortable and accessible bike and pedestrian facilities. The implementation of the Master Plan is well on its way with over 20% of Brownsville's population enjoying access to a bike route/trail. Future plans include that by 2018 every Brownsville resident will be within a half-mile from a cycling facility.
An agreement between the City of Brownsville and Cameron
County Drainage District to construct and maintain the hike and bike
trails on land adjacent to the numerous drainage ditches located
throughout the region has influenced unprecedented collaboration and
movement in neighboring communities. Brownsville is working toward
creating and implementing bicycle and walking infrastructure plans to
connect the entire Rio Grande Valley.
Lower Rio Grande Valley Active Transportation & Active Tourism Plan
On February 13, 2015, Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation awarded $100,000
to the City of Brownsville, in partnership with The University of Texas
School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus, for the Lower Rio
Grande Valley Active Transportation and Active Tourism Plan (previously
the Cameron County in Motion: Active Transport Master Plan) project.
The LRGV Active Transportation and Active Tourism Plan will evaluate
the connectivity possibilities between neighborhoods and cities within
the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and provide an outline for interconnected
pedestrian and bicycle routes. These routes would not only connect the
cities, but also encourage physical activity and bicycle tourism.
The Plan will include the analysis of Cameron County's demographics and
the review of local and regional market conditions of over 10 cities in
the Valley. Public input will serve as criteria to develop this
strategic plan. The LRGV Active Transportation and Active Tourism Plan
will reflect public meetings outcomes and recommendations from experts
and the different communities in Cameron County. This Plan will
establish guidelines for current and future land use, pedestrian
circulation, vehicular circulation, parking and natural features of the
partnered communities. The Plan will strengthen the overall vision of
the biking communities along the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Soon,
Brownsville will enjoy a 21st century biking metroplex with the addition
of 129 miles of hike and bike trails, lanes, and bicycle boulevards
within the city limits.