Portage County Bike/Ped Plan: County board vote this Tuesday is the final step (or pedal stroke)

On Tuesday, the Portage County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take action on the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan. If they vote to adopt the plan, it becomes an official planning document for the county. This would empower county officials to start implementing recommendations from the plan. It would also aid the county in acquiring grant money for projects which benefit bicycling and walking.

The meeting is on Tuesday April 22 at 5 PM in the County Board Chambers of the County-City Building (1516 Church St). From the Church St entrance, go up the stairs to the second floor and head north down the hallway to the meeting room.

The agenda for the meeting can be accessed here. The meeting is open to all members of the public.

At the board meeting last Tuesday April 15, supervisors heard a 25-minute presentation about the bike/ped plan from Jeff Schuler and Sarah Wallace of the Portage County Planning and Zoning Dept. Their presentation gave an overview of the process for creating the plan, as well as an outline of the plan contents. In addition, supervisors were given a printed copy of the plan to review.

A vote to adopt the plan will be the final step (or, if you prefer, pedal stroke) of a lengthy process to create a bike/ped plan for Portage County. The most recent sign of political support came from the Portage County Planning and Zoning Committee, who voted unanimously in favor of the plan in March. Public support for the plan at this Tuesday’s meeting will help supervisors understand that this plan will benefit residents throughout both the urban and rural parts of the county.

I learned from the Portage County Clerk that Poky Pedalers who wish to speak about the bike/ped plan may register to do so at the start of the meeting. Simply raise your hand when prompted, and when called upon indicate that you want to speak about the bike/ped plan agenda item. Once that agenda item comes up, you may speak for up to 3 minutes (as per county ordinance).

There’s a great deal of work to do in the years ahead in order to realize the vision laid out in the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan. But we need the county board to adopt the plan before we can embark on this effort. I look forward to seeing lots of Poky Pedalers expressing their support of the bike/ped plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

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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