Lochmueller and project partner Epstein created the Bike Decatur Regional Bicycle Plan to guide the agencies within the Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study (DUATS) boundaries on future investments in active transportation infrastructure and programming to provide safe and practical bicycle travel for residents, businesses, and visitors. The goal of the Plan was to connect and expand the existing trail network and create a more cohesive multimodal system, using existing transportation rights-of-way where there was insufficient space to put a trail completely off-road.
Bike Decatur was the first regionwide bicycling effort since 1996. This Plan outlined the long-range vision, goals, policies, and recommendations for bikeways, encouragement programs, and safety education programs. The Plan also clarified, aligned, and filled gaps between the many various community and agency initiatives in and around the City of Decatur.
Lochmueller worked closely with the Study Core Team, comprising of staff from DUATS, the City of Decatur, Decatur Park District, and Village of Mt. Zion, to produce a comprehensive assessment that serves as a valuable tool for future bicycle planning.
Read the final Plan on the City of Decatur, IL website.