Oct. 1, 2013
The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is asking for input from the Valley’s residents and bicycling community to develop a citywide 20-year bicycle master plan. The plan will provide priorities for bicycle infrastructure investment and transportation corridors; serve as an update to the city’s General Plan bicycle elements; and propose changes to city zoning codes to make Phoenix more bicycle-friendly for residents and visitors alike.
“More and more people are choosing to use bicycles to get around the city, and that means we need to provide safe and comfortable options for bicyclists,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “Public input in the bicycle master plan will shape our city’s transportation landscape for decades to come.
Individuals will be able to provide feedback in several ways. They can post detailed information on current routes they use via an interactive wiki-map tool, available at http://wikimapping.net/wikimap/Phoenix-Bicycle-Master-Plan.html. The tool also allows riders to highlight barriers to travel they experience, and allows them to show their desired routes to favorite destinations. In addition, the Street Transportation Department will hold four public meetings to gather input from the public on desired bicycle routes and barriers to cycling.
“We’ve heard loud and clear from residents that they want to be able to bike for work and for fun in our city,” said Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee chair Councilwoman Thelda Williams. “This effort will help us attract talent, business investment, tourism and more importantly, make Phoenix an even more enjoyable place to live.”
Public meetings on the bike master plan will be conducted in late October:
- 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
Goelet A. C. Beuf Community Center
3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
- 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
Devonshire Senior Center
2802 E. Devonshire Ave.
- 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Desert West Community Center
6501 W. Virginia Ave.
- 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30
Eastlake Community Center
1549 E. Jefferson St.
More information about the city’s bicycle programs is available online at http://phoenix.gov/streets/safety/bicycle/index.html.
Matthew Heil 602-534-1597