Why this study?
In an effort to create a more walkable and bikable community, the City of Suwanee has embarked on a feasibility study for potential projects to be included and prioritized in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan update.
Originally developed in 2006, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan analyzes existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities and identifies potential improvements. The purpose of the plan is to provide a guide for prioritization and implementation of projects to make Suwanee more walkable and bikeable.
The plan was updated in 2011, and the city is currently in the process of updating it again. In August 2019, the city held an open house to provide an opportunity for public input; it was then determined that a feasibility study was needed before finalizing the list of projects to include in the plan update. The city received a $160,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to fund the study, and selected Toole Design Group, a firm that specializes in the design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, to perform the study.
What will it cover?
The Suwanee Pedestrian and Bicycle Loop Study will develop a concept plan for a continuous multi-use path around Suwanee with connections to the Suwanee Creek Greenway, downtown Suwanee, and other regional trails. The study will identify potential routes, creative solutions for crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and develop a placemaking, branding strategy for the proposed loop route as well an inner downtown loop. It will also include sidewalk feasibility studies for some requested but challenging locations: Martin Farm Road, White Street, Russell Street, and Westbrook Road.
Public input opportunities will be provided at two events during the study once potential projects have been analyzed and alternatives have been generated. These include an outdoor community engagement event and an in-person or virtual open house to display the findings of the study. A parallel online survey tool will be used to gather public input as well.