At last night’s Board of Public Works meeting, a proposal was under consideration to hire a consultant who was described in the meeting agenda packet as having “experience with Public Involvement and the nuances of State and Federal Funding.” (See pp. 24-25 of the agenda packet for a statement of this proposal.) Continue reading
Monday evening, the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project held an open house to introduce the general public to the first draft of the plan document. This draft is the culmination of the work done on this project since it started about a year ago.
Earlier that same day, the three committees for the project – the Urban and Rural Steering Committees and the Technical Committee – had a joint meeting to review the draft document. About two-thirds of the document had previously been reviewed in bits and pieces at committee meetings over the past year. This was the first opportunity to see how these parts all fit together to present a compelling vision of how to improve bicycling and walking throughout Portage County.
Based on feedback about this draft document, a final version of the plan document will be created. Comments on the draft document will be accepted until January 10 (more about that below). Continue reading
Poky Pedalers should circle the evening of Tuesday, December 3 on their calendars. That’s the date of the Open House for the Portage County Bike/Ped Planning Project, which will be held at the Lincoln Center.
The Open House is free and open to the general public. The displays are expected to be tailored to those with little knowledge about the process that has gotten the project to this point. Even those hearing about this planning project for the first time should be able to walk in, understand the maps, tables, and charts on display, and ask questions of and provide comments to the project staff. The content of the Open House will be based on the preliminary draft of the full plan document, which just became available. Continue reading
Last night, the Division/Church Corridor Study project held its third public information meeting. This provided an excellent opportunity to ask questions of project staff about the detailed alternatives.
Before I proceed, I want to mention that readers of my comments below might think, based on local media reports, that I’m talking about a different meeting. I assure you that I am talking about the same meeting. At the end of this post, I’ll comment on the acrimony that I observed and that was reported in other local media. Continue reading
Right now, bicycling is a hot topic in Stevens Point. Regular readers are no doubt aware of several notable current local stories involving bicycling:
Decision makers will undoubtedly find themselves voting on items over the foreseeable future that can have a major impact on the quality of bicycling in our city. The outcomes of such votes will effect the vast number of Poky Pedalers who need safe, comfortable and convenient routes to use bicycles for transportation, whether that is for getting to work, for riding to the park, for picking up a few things at the grocery, or for bicycling with their families to the movies. Continue reading
A public information meeting about the Division/Church Corridor (Business Route 51) Study Project will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at Jefferson Elementary School (1800 East Ave). The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 PM to 7 PM and will be conducted in an open house format with a brief presentation at 5:45 PM. This meeting is open to the public, and attendees may arrive or leave at any time during the meeting.
This project should be of significant interest to Poky Pedalers because of the bike lanes proposed along Division, as well as several improved crossings of Division for bicycle traffic. Attending this meeting is an excellent way to learn more about these features, to make project staff aware of your support for these bicycling facilities, and to suggest further improvements for bicycle accomodations. Continue reading
Last night, both the Rural and Urban Steering Committees for the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project met. The main topic for discussion was a draft document containing the recommendations for bicycling and walking. Links to this draft document can be found on the bike/ped plan website or in my PPSP blog post announcing the meeting. Continue reading
The next meetings of the Urban and Rural Steering Committees for the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project will both take place on Monday November 11 in Conference Room 5 of the Portage County Annex Building (1462 Strongs Ave).
The Rural Steering Committee will meet from 4 – 5:30 PM and the Urban Steering Committee will meet from 6 – 7:30 PM. These meetings are both open to the general public. Continue reading
The 2013 Poky Pedals have come and gone. Before we set our sights on next year, this is a good time to remember the Bike Fun we shared during the second season for Poky Pedaling Stevens Point.
Is it art? Or is it Bike Fun?
Poky Pedalers shared Bike Fun on 10 Poky Pedals in 2013. All were new except for the encore for “Whatever Happened to Mosey Creek?” Each ride averaged over 13 Poky Pedalers, and our numbers thrice hit 20 as we rode on calm streets and non-motorized paths throughout our urban area. Continue reading
The Wisconsin Bike Fed held its annual Wisconsin Bike Summit in Madison yesterday. I took advantage of the opportunity to attend the many sessions and meet others from around the state working to make Wisconsin even better for bicycling.
I want to share some of the highlights from my day at the Bike Summit.
In opening remarks for the Bike Summit, Bike Fed Executive Director Dave Cieslewicz provided the best quote of the day: “A city that’s built for bicyling is built for living.” This simple statement says so much. Continue reading