Street and Trail Projects:
Helping to secure over $6 million in federal transportation funding for the region
- $500,000 for extension of Prescott Greenways trail
- $600,000 for 89/69 interchange path
- Over $1 million for the Peavine Trail
- $2.5 million for White Spar Road improvement project, Phases I, II, and III
- Over $1 million for Prescott Valley paths
- Over $600,000 for Prescott & Prescott Valley Safe Routes to Schools
- Our very first project, identified as our highest bike/ped priority in 1997.
- PAT brought together enthusiastic partners including the City of Prescott, Open Space Alliance, Yavapai Trails Association and Prescott Creeks Preservation Association.
- We coordinated a fundraiser auction with partners in 2000 and administered park bench fundraisers bringing nearly $20,000 to fund the first few miles of trail. We coordinated volunteer trail builders with the City to clear West Granite Creek Park and build the first few miles of trail and bridges before funding.
- From 1998-2001, we wrote and submitted 4 federal Transportation Enhancements applications before finally securing $500,000 in 2001 for trail extensions to White Spar Road, Miller Valley Road and the Peavine Trail; the newest section of trail (from Willis Street along Granite Creek to Leroux Street) was completed in June of 2009.
- We continue to help with trail maintenance, extension efforts, and coordination of committee; we are able to include certain elements of trail enhancements in Safe Routes to School funding requests.
89/69 Interchange Bicycle & Pedestrian Path
- In 1999, we began our push for this 10-12’ wide paved path to serve bicyclists and pedestrians in all directions of the interchange.
- PAT staff walked the site many times with ADOT staff to identify the best alignments and design for the path, repeating these consultations throughout the years as the interchange design changed.
- We wrote and submitted 2 federal Transportation Enhancements applications in 2000 and 2001 before securing nearly $600,000 for the path.
- Once funding was secured, PAT representatives checked in regularly to ensure that the path was included in the design and was serving all directions.
- The 89/69 Interchange Bicycle & Pedestrian Path was completed in 2009.
- We have assisted the City of Prescott with 2 federal Transportation Enhancements grant applications for this trail.
- PAT staff and volunteers took part in the first trail building efforts, from clearing railroad ties to refining the trail amenities after it opened.
- We continue to offer our assistance for extensions into Prescott and Chino Valley, as well as connection to the Greenways Trail.
Merritt/Montezuma Traffic Light
- In early 2000, PAT organized residents and business owners through petitions and expert letters to successfully convince the City of Prescott of the need for this light as an integral component of Prescott’s bicycle and pedestrian transportation system, which was installed in June of 2000.
WhippleZuma, Willow Creek, Iron Springs, Black, Williamson Valley Bike Lanes and Sidewalks
- In 2000 PAT began discussions with the City of Prescott officials to include bike lanes and sidewalks in new road construction designs for these roads.
- We periodically revisited each road design with City officials until road construction was complete to ensure the bike lanes and sidewalks were indeed included.
Prescott Bike Route Signs
- In 1998 PAT assisted the City of Prescott with state grant application for $5,000 to purchase the first signs.
- PAT representatives and partners worked to map priority routes and collaborated with City staff to identify best placements for the signs.
- PAT coordinated volunteers to install the first route signs throughout Prescott.
White Spar Road
- In 2001 PAT began discussions with ADOT officials on ways to add bike lanes and sidewalks to this road starting at Copper Basin Road and extending as far south as funding would allow.
- In 2002 we wrote and submitted a federal Transportation Enhancements application for these bike lanes and sidewalks, but it was not funded.
- In 2003 we began working with Congress to secure federal transportation high priority funds.
- In 2008, PAT returned to working with ADOT officials on a new federal Transportation Enhancements application to fund Phase I of a four-phase project (bike lanes and sidewalks from Copper Basin Road to the Pine Cone Inn); the application was approved in fall of 2008!
- Summer 2009, a TE grant for Phase II of the White Spar improvement project was submitted in partnership with the local ADOT district office.
- In 2010, a TE grant for Phase III was approved, bringing the total awarded to $2.5 million.
- As of 2014, all three phases have been built. Initial work has been done on a grant for Phase IV to extend bike/ped provisions south to the city limits and PAT is looking for opportunities to submit it with ADOT.
Programs and Events:
Safe Routes to Schools
- This program offers safety education, encouragement activities to walk/bike more often, parent education and health education. Specific activities and events include: Walk to School day events (October each year), Bike Rodeos, neighborhood forums, incentive-based contests like bike commuter challenges, and community projects like the outdoor student-driven mural at Mile High Middle School and Miller Valley Elementary School.
- Through this program, we have strengthened our credibility and reputation with City traffic engineers, the police department, and City Council.
- In 2007 PAT received our first official Safe Routes to School grants for Non-Infrastructure initiatives.
- In Spring 2009 we received our first Infrastructure grants for bike/ped improvements around four of our partner schools; total amount received on behalf of the City was about $470,000.
- As of 2014 we have partnered with most schools elementary and middle schools in Prescott and a few in Prescott Valley, serving thousands of students, teachers and parents.
- PAT launched this annual event in 1998 with bike rides and events for all.
- Beginning in 2007, PAT moved to a full month of events for the celebration in a calendar format, which has garnered good media and increased awareness.
- Bike Month continues every year in April and May to coincide with National Bike Month.
Pedals & Pumps Gala
- Our annual FUNdraising auction and awards presentation banquet, first held in 2009. CYCLE awards are given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to a higher quality of life by supporting a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community.
Skull Valley Loop Challenge
- Prescott’s 54-mile homegrown joyride through Prescott, Skull Valley, Kirkland and Wilhoit every September.
Complete Streets Policy
- Bicycling and walking should be encouraged and provided for on all roads; our long-term goal is to see the adoption of a regional Complete Streets Policy.
- In March of 2009, PAT Hosted a successful Complete Streets Town Hall; 4 panelists presented varying views on the pros and cons of a Complete Streets Policy. The audience was afforded an hour for questions and comments; a report was published in late 2009.
- We believe that a Complete Streets Policy would offer this region a great many benefits that outweigh any concerns raised; we are continuing our pursuit of a regional policy.
Prescott Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plans
- PAT wrote and submitted for approval Prescott’s first Bicycle Master Plan in 1998.
- We assisted with the rewrite of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan in 2003 and 2009.
Prescott Bike Racks
- In 2000 we worked with City staff to identify priority spots and to place 12 racks.
- In 2007 we developed an art/bike-rack program with start-up money from the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council.
West Granite Creek Master Plan
- In 2000 PAT served on the Master Planning Committee to offer our bike/ped expertise as part of the Prescott Greenways trail system.
Dexter Neighborhood Planning Meetings
- In 2000, we assisted neighborhood leaders with identifying priorities that included the Greenways trail, sidewalks, bike routes and bike/ped bridges.
- In 2008, we continued work with these leaders to ensure bike, trail and sidewalk successes are continued.
- PAT joined the neighborhood’s efforts to improve the crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- When the City’s traffic engineers rejected a specific request for a pedestrian-activated signal, PAT encouraged the City to see the larger problem – a dangerous crossing for peds/bikes and to look for another solution.
- PAT participated in all conversations between traffic engineers and the Transportation Coordinating Committee to arrive at a desirable solution, which was implemented in the summer of 2008.
Prescott General Plan
- PAT representatives served on the General Plan Committee in 2002-2003 and 2011-2012, ensuring that the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians are represented throughout the document.
Regional Transportation Planning
- PAT has represented bicyclists and pedestrians at meetings of the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Committee (CYMPO) since 1998.
- We have offered our expertise for public transit since serious discussions began; we were represented on the committee advising the consultant hired by CYMPO to design the imminent transit implementation plan in 2008.
- In the summer of 2009, PAT staff participated in a Mobility Management committee to continue pushing towards a regional transit system because CYMPO had put the effort on hold.
Prescott Vision2050 Planning
- PAT staff sat on the Transportation Committee of the Mayor’s Vision2050 planning process; comprehensive reports with specific recommendations were published by each committee. At a public open house, a great many votes were received for the committee’s recommendations to adopt a complete streets policy and to implement a regional transit system.