A transportation system is not complete without bicycle and pedestrian elements. These travel options provide essential connections to the town's transit system and are particularly important to create walkable communities. A strong bicycle and pedestrian program gives Wake Forest residents an option for travel beyond one person in one vehicle. It creates a community where it is possible to live, work, and play in the same area. To learn more about the town's transportation policies, review the Community Plan.
Planning for Bicycles & Pedestrians
The main strategy used to develop the bicycle and pedestrian parts of Transportation Plan Update (2010) centers on filling gaps in the trail, sidewalk, and bicycle lane networks. Additional considerations include increasing access to transit, improving pedestrian safety, corridors with high pedestrian traffic, and areas with poor accommodations.
An efficient transportation system must consider many forms of travel, including bicycle accessibility to create viable transportation options for commuters. Bicycling is not just a recreational activity – it is also a form of transportation for daily commutes to work or school and errands.
The importance of bicycle travel has grown nationwide in recent years. A study by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Transportation in 2000 noted the correlation between bicycle travel and benefits to communities, including public health, economic development, and environmental preservation.
Bicycle lanes and trails are an important part of a complete transportation system, especially when links to other modes of travel, such as public transportation, are possible. Additionally, federal law requires the consideration of bicycle needs in the transportation planning process.
Planning for Roadways
The primary mode of transportation today is driving automobiles on our network of roadways, whether people travel independently for work or pleasure, in a carpool, or by bus transit. Continued population growth and development around Wake Forest leads to an increase in roadway traffic. The increase in traffic volume creates new deficiencies on the existing transportation network. The Town plans to employ the policies and goals of the adopted Community Plan and Transportation Plan in order to improve infrastructure in our community.
The free bus transit service in a local "loop" route serves many major community facilities in Wake Forest including community and government services, schools, grocery stores, retail centers, apartments, and downtown business district. The express route connects downtown Wake Forest with the Triangle Town Center shopping mall and with the Moore Square Transit Station in downtown Raleigh, providing easy access to a regional shopping center and to Raleigh's downtown business district.