This past Monday, I dropped by the UWSP Volunteer Fair to chat with the folks who run Shifting Gears, the community bicycle shop that opened in Stevens Point last summer. To get a better understanding of what Shifting Gears is about, Poky Pedalers can read my blog post about their open house from last summer. Continue reading
I just received an e-mail from Sarah Wallace stating that this evening’s scheduled meeting about the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan has been canceled. I did not get any further info about why the meeting is canceled.
The message from Sarah indicated that the meeting would be rescheduled. Once that happens, I’ll post the new information. Continue reading
There were a couple of meetings this week regarding the Division/Church Corridor Study project. Before mentioning these, let me provide some recent context on this project.
After the underproductive November public meeting which got sidetracked by rude and inappropriate behavior by a segment of the attendees, project staff has been struggling to identify how to gather constructive feedback and determine a balance among the variety of expressed opinions in order to move the project forward. Continue reading
On Monday February 17, the final draft of the plan document for the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project will be presented and discussed.
In December, a preliminary draft document became available and was reviewed by the project committees. In addition, an open house was held to solicit further comment from the public.
Based on this feedback, the final draft is now available. At Monday’s meeting, project consultant Tom Huber of Toole Design will lead a presentation and discussion on the content of this final draft. The Portage County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee will be present along with the three project committees which have spent the past year guiding the bike/ped planning process: the Urban and Rural Steering Committees and the Technical Committee. This meeting is open to the public.
The meeting will take place on February 17 from 5-6:30 PM in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 of the Portage County Annex Building (1462 Strongs Ave). Continue reading
Almost 4 months have passed since the final Poky Pedal of 2013. Although snow continues to pile up and frequent subzero temperatures leave little doubt that it’s still winter out there, anticipation of another season of Bike Fun builds.
There will be lots more Bike Fun to share in 2014
The unveiling of the 2014 Bike Fun Calendar will occur in early April, the first Poky Pedal will take place in mid-May, and Bike Fun will continue into October. I’m pretty excited about all the Bike Fun we can look forward to sharing. I’m not going to reveal much before April, but I will mention that PPSP will be expanding the number of Poky Pedals from 10 last year to 14 this year. The Stevens Point area will be bursting with more Bike Fun than ever soon after the snow melts away. Continue reading
The city of Stevens Point recently reported that it was named one of the top 10 Wisconsin cities for job seekers. The ranking was performed by NerdWallet, a website which states that their mission is “to boost honesty and transparency in personal finance.” This ranking suggests that the policies of our city are providing economic benefits for our community.
A few months ago, Stevens Point received another honor. The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) named Stevens Point a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). A PPSP blog post about the award mentions some of the economic advantages from being a BFC.
These two recognitions for our city led me to consider the following: Among the top Wisconsin cities for job seekers, how well are BFCs represented? If BFCs enjoy economic advantages, then one would expect a healthy representation of BFCs in this top-10 list. Continue reading
In the silent pause as I returned to my seat after talking about adding bike parking requirements to the zoning ordinance under consideration at a Stevens Point Plan Commission meeting, I feared the commission members collectively figured that they let the bike guy have his say and would now return to the business of passing the ordinance and moving on.
Library-goers using these bar racks may find bent front wheels as they head for home – an example of awful bike parking infrastructure
The Plan Commission was reviewing changes to its zoning ordinance about parking. Seventeen pages were filled with tables, diagrams, and dry zoning language describing how new developments should provide parking for all the motor vehicles that would be used to travel to such places.
Buried in this document was a section entitled “Bicycle Parking”. For those of us who commonly pedal to our destinations, this was a refreshing inclusion. Unfortunately, this section was only about a quarter of a page long and vague enough to have almost no benefit. Continue reading
The Stevens Point Board of Public Works meeting on Monday provided an overview of the current status of the Division/Church Corridor Study project. This included important news that project staff learned over the past couple of days.
Mayor Andrew Halverson and Public Works Director Scott Schatschneider led the discussion of this status report. Comments and questions were limited to board members and alderpersons.
The agenda packet for this meeting published last Wednesday suggested a more formal presentation would be made. Halverson and Schatschneider said that they had planned a presentation that would illustrate what would be involved in simply rebuilding the corridor with the same configuration as presently exists. Such an option would necessitate rejecting any federally-sourced funding in an attempt to eliminate certain requirements, such as the striping of bike lanes.
On Thursday and Friday, city staff had communication with liaisons from the Wisconsin Dept of Transportation to get guidance on such an approach. WisDOT administers the federally-sourced funding for these sorts of local projects. As part of this communication, city staff learned that the most recent federal transportation bill would prevent the city from choosing to rebuild the corridor in its current configuration. Continue reading
At the Board of Public Works meeting this Monday (January 13), the agenda includes an “update and presentation on the Business 51 Project.” The meeting will take place at 6PM in the Lincoln Center (1519 Water Street).
The agenda packet includes a memo from Scott Schatschneider, Director of Public Works. The full text of this memo is as follows: “Staff will be presenting an update on the Bus. 51 project in regards to the overall status of the project and will begin collecting ideas as far as moving forward.” Continue reading
Among the actions taken by the Stevens Point Common Council at their December 16 meeting, approval was given to a revision of the zoning ordinance that specifies parking standards. This ordinance lays out the requirements for providing parking when new developments are built.
Quality bike racks like these might start appearing in Stevens Point (Photo credit: City of Denver, CO)
Most of the 22-page document is about motor vehicle parking. But one page is devoted to bicycle parking. Now that this ordinance has been adopted, all new developments built within the city of Stevens Point must adhere to these bike parking requirements. Continue reading