The Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project has been receiving feedback from the public in a variety of ways. Two of the tools that have been used, an online interactive map and an online survey, will be available through Friday, May 31.
According to a recent post on the Bike/Ped Plan website, these tools will close after that date. Anyone who wants to give feedback about bicycling and walking in Portage County using these tools must do so before midnight this Friday.
I am particularly saddened that the interactive map will no longer be available. Although all road users encounter issues with our transportation infrastructure, people who bicycle and walk often find their concerns difficult to be heard by those in a position to address them. Being in the minority of road users in a transportation culture inequitably biased toward motor vehicle convenience, vulnerable users of our public streets deserve better.
This interactive map has been an excellent way for such vulnerable users to make themselves heard regarding poor bicycling and walking infrastructure.
I do realize that the bike/ped plan consultants need to set a deadline for feedback from these tools so they can move forward with their analysis and continue progress towards creation of the plan document. From their comments at past meetings, these tools have provided them with valuable feedback.
Although I would prefer the interactive map remain available in some form, I’m grateful that county residents have had the opportunity to use it for commenting on bicycle and foot traffic infrastructure.
So if there is anything Poky Pedalers have been wanting to say through either the interactive map or the survey, now is the time to say it. The bike/ped plan website has links to both these tools in this post.
Disclosure: Bob Fisch, Chief Bike Fun Officer of Poky Pedaling Stevens Point, is a member of the Urban Steering Committee for the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project. Posts about this project appearing on the PPSP website are part of a broader PPSP effort to keep readers informed of bikey news in our area. Nothing posted on the PPSP website should be considered to be official communication from the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project. The official website for this project can be accessed at http://portagecobikepedplan.wordpress.com.
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