Pedestrian Plan (PDF)
The 2006 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (LRTP) identified issues with the current pedestrian system and questioned whether it was meeting the needs of the community. Coordinated, well designed, usable, and safe pedestrian facilities were identified as needs for the area. The LRTP noted that while most streets within the community have pedestrian facilities, the perceived usage of the system was very low. The LRTP also noted that the pedestrian facilities are not completely integrated into the transportation system. This lack of integration may be contributing to the overall usability of the pedestrian system.
Transportation planning, for the most part, is focused on the automobile. Street function, capacity, and design are all centered on the auto. Business sites are planned to ensure adequate parking and convenient access at the exclusion of other modes, like walking. Auto oriented development has forty years of infrastructure and tradition, which due to its relative success, makes change to another paradigm very challenging. Nationally, there have been many different movements trying to change these existing conditions. New Urbanism, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Complete Streets, and urban villages to name a few, all recommend changes in land use patterns and transportation improvements to remake the fabric of our communities into one where non-automobile modes are preferred or at least a choice of travel. Both Pocatello and Chubbuck have adopted comprehensive plans which encourage this type of development and are encouraging changes to the pedestrian system. Local neighborhoods, such as the College Neighborhood Association, are also encouraging changes to the pedestrian system by improving the feel, safety and usability of sidewalks in their area.
This Pedestrian Plan will not specifically discuss land use changes; rather the focus is on providing recommendations to create a more connected, safe, and integrated pedestrian system.