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Alta Planning + Design creates active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.

Alta's Services

  • Planning

    Developing implementable plans for your active community

  • Design and Engineering

    Leading innovative bikeway and pedestrian facility design and construction

  • Complete Streets

    Safe, accessible, and green streets for all users

  • Greenways

    Creating trails, parks, and green spaces for recreation and transportation

  • Education and Encouragement

    Reaching people, transforming behavior

  • Bike Share

    Determining how bike share can work in your community

Our People Make the Difference

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" I started Alta in 1996 with the idea of providing high quality planning and design services exclusively in the non-motorized transportation field, rather than as a sideline. My feeling then and today is that bicycle and walking are only the indicators of healthy communities, and that cities and towns around the world all desired healthier citizens, economies, and transportation systems. My goal with Alta was to have a firm not dominated by a single person, but rather a group of motivated, sharp, and passionate owners. The name ‘Alta’ was chosen because of its positive Spanish connotation (‘high’…"

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    Alta's Wade Walker presenting with Kyle Wagenshutz on bicycle and trail implementation ow.ly/i/aw5Bo

  • News + Events

    • Join Alta at the International Trails Symposium May 17 in Portland!

      Alta is a proud sponsor of the upcoming International Trails Symposium in Portland, Oregon. We hope you will join us for four days of fun! Read More

    • Alta Celebrates Engineering Month!

      Happy Engineering Month! For close to 20 years, Alta Planning + Design has been planning and design healthy, active communities in hundreds of communities and Read More

    • Alta is Proud to Honor Deb Hubsmith

      Alta Planning + Design is proud to honor Deb Hubsmith, founder of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership with this video. Deb has championed bicycling Read More

    • TRB Conference: Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground, Health Impact Assessments

      Join Alta Planner Mike Sellinger at the Transportation Research Board program, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts Read More

    • American Trails webinar: “Trail Wayfinding Systems: A Practical Guide to Principles, Best Practices, and Deployment”

      Alta Wayfinding Designer Karen Vitkay joined a national group of experts for this American Trails webinar on March 19. The program provided trail and greenway planners, Read More

    Thought Leadership + Resources

    • Triple-Duty Streets: Expanding the Definition of What Our Streets Can Offer

      Alta’s Nora Daley-Peng champions triple-duty streets, keeping our cities lovable, in the current issue of ARCADE. Read the ARCADE article here Read More

    • “Bicycle Network and Facility Design and their role in supporting Complete Streets,” Toronto’s Complete Streets Forum

      Did you miss Gavin Davidson’s presentation at the Toronto Complete Streets Forum October 6th? Download it now! “Bicycle Network and Facility Design and their role in Read More

    • Safe Routes to School Best Practices White Paper

      This white paper by Alta Planning + Design documents education best practices in Safe Routes to School programs. Read More

    • Cycle Tracks: Lessons Learned, 2009

      Alta's Cycle Tracks: Lessons Learned document describes the lessons learned from the European experience with cycle tracks, including implementation, safety concerns and design features of Read More

    • Creating Walkable + Bikeable Communities: A user guide to developing pedestrian and bicycle master plans (2012, Alta, PSU/IBPI, Collin Chesston)

      This guidebook is intended to serve as a guide for planners, engineers and elected officials who will be producing a new or updated bicycle and/or Read More

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