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Input wanted for Bicycle Master Plan

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Posted at 6:49 PM, Aug 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-16 19:00:02-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–The city government continues to work at improving roadways and corridors in order to help make bicycling in the city a safe transportation option, and officials are asking residents to contribute by taking a survey.

Richmond Connects is the group working to gather data and present suggestions to the city so that the Bicycle Master Plan can develop recommendations for bike infrastructure improvements.

To this end they have created an online survey to assist the city in developing and prioritizing infrastructure improvements that will result in a network of bikeways that can be used for recreation or transportation.

Click here to access the online survey. The survey will be open through the end of September.

Residents are encouraged to assist in the determination of the needs of bike infrastructure improvements by participating in upcoming public events and meetings.

The public involvement stage will start on Saturday, August 17 at the Sports Backers Anthem Moonlight Ride. Members of the Mayor’s Pedestrian, Bicycling, and Trails Planning Commission will be present to answer any questions about the plan.

“Studies from around the United States, in cities big and small, indicate that many people are interested in using bicycling as a routine transportation option,” said Jakob Helmboldt, the City’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trails Coordinator. “Our aim in Richmond is to create a bicycle network that allows people of all ages to comfortably use bicycling as a means of healthy, affordable transportation and to create a more vibrant city.”

Mayor Jones created the Pedestrian, Bicycling, and Trails Planning Commission in 2010 to promote methods of active transportation and to support pedestrian and bicycle travel by becoming a community where walking and bicycling are integral parts of the city’s transportation system.

To view the Strategic Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, please visit: www.yesrichmondva.com. For more information on the City’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trails Commission, please visit:www.RichmondGov.com.