Bicycle System Plan Update

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State: Federal
Type of Government: State & Local
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Posted Date: Aug 15, 2021
Due Date: Aug 26, 2021
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Bicycle System Plan Update City of Dallas

Dallas, TX


Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Bicycle System Plan Update


The Dallas Bike Plan, first developed in 1985 and last updated in 2011, is the City’s guide for implementing a system of on-street and off-street bicycle facilities, intended to enable and encourage bicycling as a safe, alternative mode of transportation. Dallas was a late-comer to bicycling, and in 2011 had no recorded on-street bicycle facilities. The plan recommended a vast 833 miles of on-street bicycle facilities and 456 miles of off-street facilities including trails. The 2011 Dallas Bike Plan also recommended an ambitious implementation timeframe: for the entire network to be implemented by 2021.

In the 10 years since the adoption of the 2011 Plan, the City has made progress. 84 miles of on-street bicycle facilities have been implemented (up from zero recorded in 2011), and the City’s network of existing and funded trails and off-street bicycle facilities has grown from 130 miles to 174. However, we are far from the goal set by the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan. Also, since 2011, the city has changed drastically. There has been rapid development and densification in the core of the city, leading to increasing competition for the curb space. The City has passed landmark plans and manuals, including the Complete Street Design Manual (2016), the Downtown 360 Plan (2017), an updated Street Design Manual (2019), the Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (2020), and most recently the Connect Dallas Strategic Mobility Plan (Connect Dallas) (2021). Combined, these initiatives set the stage for a city that seeks to move towards more environmentally friendly multimodal forms of transportation, and towards a transportation system that enables safe, convenient, and comfortable travel by all modes of transportation.

Through Connect Dallas—which established a transportation decision-making framework intended to be used to prioritize transportation projects for funding—it was recognized that many of the projects and connections recommended in the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan no longer reflected existing conditions, needs, and preferences. An update to the plan was recommended in order to identify future priority projects that make the most sense.


In order to make progress with developing a bicycle system that is connected, convenient, safe, and comfortable, the following objectives have been identified for this Bike Plan Update:

  • Refine the Bike Network with a greater emphasis on establishing a core bike network of critical links that are needed to have an integrated network that connects neighborhoods, districts, and communities, and enables bicycling as a means of transportation. This core network would consist of links that have been well-vetted for feasibility, have a higher degree of comfort, and have public or stakeholder support. It should consider recommendations from relevant local and citywide planning initiatives that impact bicycling, such as Dallas Trail Network Master Plan, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Bus Network Redesign, the future Vision Zero Action Plan, the Downtown 360 Plan, forwardDallas! Local Area Plans, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Station Area Plans, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Master Plan, and the proposed Hensley Field Re-Use and Redevelopment Master Plan.
  • Update the prioritization framework to reflect the Connect Dallas Driving Principles with a greater emphasis on system connectivity, connecting to key destinations, and “soft” criteria like feasibility or support. The prioritization framework should be easy for staff to use to evaluate how bicycle projects score after the Bike Plan Update is adopted.
  • Identify realistic and specific implementation recommendations (e.g., the top 40 high-scoring projects that have been well-vetted for feasibility and support and have realistic cost estimates; or Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, etc. projects for implementation).
  • Identify recommendations for integrating the Bike Network into the Thoroughfare Plan and other City policies and regulations, to ensure the network is developed or maintained through the private development and capital project development process.
  • Update the City’s bicycle design guidance and standards based on needs, common issues, and best practice.
  • Enhance public outreach to promote community support for identified bikeways.

Given the above described goals and objectives, the City of Dallas Department of Transportation (City) is seeking statements of qualifications (SOQ) from experienced firms who can demonstrate the firm has the resources, experience, and qualifications to provide planning, engineering, stakeholder coordination, and other as needed services for the development of a new Bicycle System Plan Update.

This RFQ will allow the City to select a firm for specific professional planning and engineering services based on qualifications consistent with Chapter 2254 of the Texas Government Code. The City will request proposals from the firm(s) it deems most qualified. The SOQ shall address all tasks listed in this request for qualifications (RFQ), in accordance with the below response requirements.

This RFQ is the first step in a two-step process for selecting firms for the provision of the listed categories.

  1. Step One: A selection committee will analyze and evaluate the SOQ. Based on the evaluation criteria established for each response requirement, a shortlist of candidates will be developed. The RFQ provides information necessary to prepare and submit qualifications for consideration and ranking by the committee.
  2. Step Two: In this second step, based on the SOQ ranking results, the committee will select the appropriate number of top ranked firms to respond to the RFP. Respondents may be asked to submit additional information for clarification and amplification of their SOQ. The selection committee may interview the respondents and will rank the firms.

Proposal Meeting Schedule, Questions, and Inquiries

The deadline for the submission of questions is 5:00 PM CST on August 17, 2021.

The due time and date for submitting the SOQ is 2:00 PM CST on August 26, 2021.

All proposals shall be submitted through the solicitation portal ( ) no later than the proposal due date and time.

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