The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, in close coordination with the City of Mobile, the Downtown Alliance, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, has embarked on a study focusing on non-motorized mobility for downtown.

The purpose of the study is to consider bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity within the downtown area and along the radial connections to the Henry Aaron Loop.

Toole Design Group, the nation’s leading planning, landscape architecture, and engineering firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, has been hired to lead the Downtown Mobile Non-Motorized Mobility Study and will hold a Downtown Design Workshop on Monday, May 11 to Thursday, May 14.

The workshop will begin with a drop-in public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11 to seek public input. The public meeting will be held at the Government Plaza Media Center, located at 205 Government St. Meeting participants will be provided several interactive opportunities to provide input regarding their desires for non-motorized transportation in downtown.

The Downtown Design Workshop will continue throughout the week with the design team performing fieldwork, conducting traffic analysis, developing concept solutions and associated graphics, holding stakeholder meetings, and interacting with the public throughout downtown. Emphasis will be on improving intersection safety, walkability and bikeability of downtown, connections between major destinations, and the character and functionality of the Broad Street Corridor.

The workshop will culminate on Thursday, May 14, 2015 with a public presentation of the design products that have been developed throughout the week. This summary meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at The Temple downtown located at 351 St. Francis St.