Public invited to comment on recommended Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan project list
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A new interactive mapping system now allows interested walkers and bicyclists to view and comment upon proposals to improve Bellevue’s network of trails, lanes and paths. The online interface provides another opportunity to participate in “Walk & Roll,” an update of the city’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan.
Since May 2007, more than 1,000 residents have participated in online surveys, focus groups and public events designed to solicit their ideas. Among the concerns expressed is that Bellevue has walkways and bikeways that do not provide a cohesive, gap-free network – that sidewalks and bike lanes end abruptly without connecting to the next one.
With scores of suggestions and ideas in mind, city staff has come up with a draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan that lists what improvements should be made to the system. It’s aimed at appealing to pedestrians and bicyclists with varying levels of experience.
The public is invited to review the project lists in the following three online maps – Bike Plan Map , Pedestrian Plan Map and Trail Plan Map – then submit comments, either on a particular project (using the links from the maps) or on the plan as a whole.
Bike Plan Map
Ped Plan Map
Trails Plan Map
Bellevue’s Transportation Commission is scheduled to meet Oct. 25 to review public comments and discuss the proposals. Following more public input and discussion, the Commission is expected to prioritize projects and adopt a final plan at its Nov. 29 meeting.
For more information, visit the Walk & Roll website
and sign up to receive e-mail updates; or contact Franz Loewenherz
, project manager, at 425-452-4077 or Floewenherz@bellevuewa.gov
Further Evaluation of Facility Recommendations
The projects that are recommended on these maps will require additional evaluation during the implementation process to determine if there are other factors that may either help or hinder their development. Additional traffic analysis will be needed in some cases to determine the optimum design for specific locations. Like other public projects, neighborhood involvement will also be an important part of the evalution process. Some locations shown on the maps may be determined, after more detailed analysis, to require different or more costly improvements and therefore may become longer-term projects.