What Will Madison Consider?

  • Bicycling Improvements

    Bicycle Improvements

    Expanding bike facilities, finding solutions to safety concerns related to major roads and intersections, expanding bike sharing programs (such as B-Cycle) to more areas of the city, and exploring innovative treatments for enhancing the bike/pedestrian system.

  • Livable Neighborhood Development

    Neighborhood Development

    Creating strong, well-connected neighborhoods, with neighborhood commercial/activity centers located along transit corridors throughout the City.

  • Healthy Pedestrian Environments

    Pedestrian Improvements

    Expanding the pedestrian network, finding solutions to safety concerns related to major roads and intersections, and exploring innovative treatments for enhancing the bike/pedestrian system.

  • Enhanced Transit Service

    Rail Streetcar Development

    Evaluating different forms of high-capacity transit throughout the City, including regional transit (bus or rail) for longer-distance trips and a potential central city streetcar/circulator system.

  • Roadway Improvements

    Roadway Improvements

    Improving (where appropriate) traffic flow, evaluating City streets for accommodating all modes of transportation, and finding solutions to safety concerns related to major roads and intersections.

  • Parking

    Bus Improvements

    Madison in Motion will evaluate new parking technologies and the potential need for new parking facilities at transit hubs and activity centers.

Bicycling Improvements:
Several bicycling improvement are being studied as part of Madison in Motion. Below is a sample of projects that are underway.

Network Issues and Innovative Solutions:
Madison in Motion’s will identify and catalogue bike routes and intersections that could be improved to enhance safety and usability. The plan will also examine innovative techniques that could be used as potential solutions in the future.

Bicycling Improvements

Innovative Solutions include:
Bike Boxes: Colored crossings and queuing areas at high volume intersections
Cycle Tracks/Buffered Bike Lanes: Bike facilities separated from traffic lanes by buffer zone or physical barrier. These can also be located between on-street parking and the sidewalk.
Counter-flow or Left side lanes: non-traditional on-street bike lanes that can work well on one-way streets and those with frequent right turns.

Bike System Classification:
The project will examine current and planned bike routes and classify each segment by its characteristics. This will help identify gaps in the network and aid future route planning. Primary routes, such as off-street paths and bike lanes on streets, carry a large volume of cyclists and appeal to a wider range of riders. Secondary routes are predominately on street routes that provide more direct access to common destinations but may be on streets with higher volumes and speeds.

Bicycle Classification System

B-Cycle Expansion:
Madison’s bike share provides a convenient transportation option for short trips that may be too far to walk but not worth waiting for a bus or taking a car. The bikes also improve “last mile” connectivity of transit riders between their stops and final destination.

BCycle Map

Interact with Madison in Motion!
Know of a problematic intersection or path? What do you think about innovative solutions above? Have you experienced these in other cities? Let us know!

Healthy Pedestrian Environments:
Madison in Motion’s efforts are focusing on removing gaps and barriers in the pedestrian network and identifying priority areas for improvement.

Sidewalk Comparison

Pedestrian Network Gaps:
There are several pockets of the city where streets were built without sidewalks, some of which came into the City via annexation from surrounding towns. Sidewalks are typically added when streets are reconstructed. However priority gaps, such as those along arterials, near bus routes and schools, can be addressed more rapidly.

Pedestrian Network

Pedestrian Environment:
The plan will discuss the fundamentals of establishing a safe, inviting and attractive pedestrian network. More discussion can be found in the Complete Streets section.

Interact with Madison in Motion!
Where should pedestrian improvements (gaps) be prioritized? Let us know!

Complete Streets and Roadway Improvements
The complete streets concept (link to PPT on Legistar) balances the public right of way to serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit users. When designed correctly, streets are great public spaces, varied in character, which provide access to adjacent businesses and homes, allow for sidewalk cafes and tree-lined terraces, while still functioning as a facility for the movement of people and goods.

Boston Complete Streets

Recent Example in Madison:  East Johnson Street Reconstruction
The recent reconstruction of Johnson Street followed complete streets principles to improve the functionality and appearance of the street. The reconstruction extended the existing bike lanes to Baldwin St. and added curb extensions (bump-outs) to shorten pedestrian crossing distances and calm traffic speeds. Street character enhancements included decorative pedestrian-scaled lighting and colored crosswalk treatments.

East Johnson Street

Livable Neighborhoods
The transportation system must support the City’s vision of livable neighborhoods throughout the city. Existing neighborhood character should be maintained, and enhanced where opportunities are present. New neighborhoods should be walkable, bikeable and transit supportive. Streets should be built as a well-connected network, not as roads in isolation.


Future growth and infill areas
Madison can accommodate anticipated growth in a limited number of growth areas in the city. Opportunities for redevelopment existing throughout the city but are concentrated along a select group of urban corridors and in the central city. Infill opportunities exist at major retail and employment areas throughout the city. In addition, there is a limited amount of greenfield growth area that could accommodate new neighborhoods on the east and west sides. These represent the primary areas where significant growth can occur. Within these growth areas, the transportation system should help maximize the opportunities for high-quality development through improved access to transit, strong bike and pedestrian networks, and freight routes where appropriate for employment oriented uses.

The vast majority of the city is considered to be within an area of stability, which is not anticipated to see significant changes. In these areas the transportation system should be focused on improving the existing neighborhoods, such as traffic calming and enhancing bicycle, pedestrian and transit connections.

Activity Centers
The activity center concept is a type of transit-oriented development featuring an engaging environment with a higher density mix of land uses, served by frequent transit. Parking is predominately structured and spaces for bicycle parking and sharing is provided. Activity Centers are envisioned predominately in the central area, along urban corridors and at regional retail and employment redevelopment areas.

Sequoya Commons

Enhanced Transit:
Building public transit capacity will be essential to providing better connections among areas within and surrounding Madison. Madison in Motion will address several transit improvements being considered for future development.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
BRT is a frequent, high-capacity, limited-stop transit service that offers improved rider experience on busy travel corridors. It has many similar characteristics to rail transit, including dedicated stations with off-board fare payment, fewer stops and direct routing, and dedicated lanes with traffic signal priority. These result in significant time savings and increased comfort and convenience relative to traditional local bus service.

Bus Rapid Transit

Express Bus
Express Bus is planned to link Madison with other cities and villages in Dane County. Express bus is a longer-distance commute-oriented route with few stops along its route, often following major highways with limited access. Metro currently has two express routes in operation with service to Epic in Verona.

Express Bus

Intercity Bus Terminal
Linking Metro transit with regional and interstate bus routes will provide better connections between local destinations in Madison and those accessible by longer distance carriers. As originally recommended in the Downtown Plan and further studied in the South Capitol Transit Oriented Development District study, Madison in Motion will discuss potential intercity bus terminal locations for use by carriers such as Badger Bus, Van Galder, Greyhound and others.

Intercity Bus Terminal