What is the goal of the Richmond Trail Master Plan?
The goal of the Richmond Trail Master Plan is to provide appropriate policy guidance and direction for the gradual, phased development of a community-wide trail network. In order to be competitive and accessible throughout the Houston-Galveston region, cities have improved their connectivity across all infrastructure projects, including trail, sidewalk, and bike-way planning. Increasing the trail network can both improve Richmond’s quality of life and spur economic development opportunities.
The Richmond area, consisting of the City of Richmond and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), is expected to grow from 41,000 to 73,000 residents in the next 25 years. The addition of approximately 30,000 residents will primarily occur in what is now designated as the City’s ETJ due to readily available and developable land. This anticipated development pattern means the City must have the appropriate design guidance, and in some cases regulations, to ensure a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly approach to transportation and recreation infrastructure.
In partnership with public and private stakeholders throughout Fort Bend County, advance transportation planning will prepare the region for future travel demands and create a more efficient system of travel to, from, and within the Richmond area. The construction of a multimodal and interconnected trail system is ultimately a shared cost and benefit across all community members. Richmond’s trail system is envisioned both for recreational use and as a transportation alternative that can reduce vehicular trips, provide a safe commuting option for individuals who live close to their workplace, and contribute to better air quality in the area.
Trail System Vision
- A safe, universally accessible, and interconnected trail network enjoyed by a wide range of users.
- A regional system that provides convenient linkages to surrounding communities and destinations.
- A unique and educational outdoor experience that celebrates Richmond’s environmental and cultural assets, rural heritage, and open space landscapes.
- A cross-functional system that features short- and long-distance hike and bicycle routes, generalized and specialized uses, and universal design to accommodate all abilities.
- Equitable distribution of and access to trail system facilities, while recognizing some parts of the City are more financially feasible to develop than others.
- A self-sustaining trail system that can be constructed, operated, and maintained by the City and its community partners in a cost-efficient manner.
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