Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Spokane Bike Nerd Convention - Nov 18th

Bike to Work, 1992
Photo courtesy of Eileen Hyatt

Mark your calendar: Tuesday night, November 18th.

Third Tuesday is normally the Bicycle Advisory Board meeting night. But this month is special, instead of our riveting monthly meeting, the city is hosting the last Master Bike Plan Open House.

We did three open houses last spring to show the draft maps for the Master Bike Plan. The maps are ready to roll and need one final public viewing to be bona fide. In addition, there is some policy in the Master Bike Plan Supplemental Draft that is also included for review.

Once these pieces are reviewed and the public has had a chance to provide final input, they will go through the final bit of editing and word-smithing, then they will go to the council. The council will vote to include these bits as updates to our comp plan.

There's more to the Master Bike Plan than just some maps and a bit of policy, but this is the actionable stuff as far as engineering is concerned, so it's being front-loaded so we can get moving on finding money and also have official routes. Official routes are required for opportunistic fixes as streets are otherwise repaired and repaved.

I call this event a bike nerd convention because that's what they are. And for that they rule. We should go have beers afterwards or something.

Anyway, here's the rest of the info:
  • What: Master Bike Plan Open House

  • Where: Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway

  • When: Tuesday, November 18 from 6-8pm

  • Who: Anybody interested in the Master Bike Plan

  • Official city web site: here


Pat S said...

Thanks for the heads up, John. I don't fully understand the process, but this event sounds capstone-ish and I plan on showing up, if my boss doesn't send me out of town that week. (Please, mr boss-man, let me stay home.)

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of things about the map that I really like. Arthur and 17th as bike boulevards and the addition of some kind of multi use switch back trail around 7th and Stevens to bypass the steep section that cars love to fly up. The multi use trail bridging Southeast Blvd with the University Distric is also a winner.

Anonymous said...

nice post

Pete said...

Wanted to go to this but missed out.