The city of San Antonio on July 10 announced the start of a bicycle network plan designed to improve bike infrastructure, promote safer biking conditions and support a more connected community.

According to a news release, the city will collaborate with various stakeholders and community members over two years as part of larger, ongoing efforts to enhance the local multimodal transportation network through new design concepts, expanding and improving bike spaces, and promoting bike education.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said this initiative is also a chance to ensure all San Antonians can access different kinds of transportation options.

“With a commitment to sustainability, health and equitable transportation options, San Antonio is on its way to making bike riding a viable, safe mode of travel for residents and visitors alike,” Nirenberg said in a statement.

City Manager Erik Walsh said San Antonio's bike network plan is an example of the city’s commitment to sustainable and forward-thinking urban development.

“By embracing bikes in our transportation system, the city can improve air quality and roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life for its residents,” Walsh said.

According to local officials, key elements in the bike network plan will include creating safer routes for bicyclists, incorporating best-practice bike infrastructure designs, growing bike-sharing programs and getting feedback from residents about biking around town.

San Antonio residents and visitors are encouraged to complete a brief survey to better understand current bike issues and what potential solutions they would like to see.