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MPO seeks public input

POSTER 7 PARTICIPATION

Update to bike and pedestrian plan underway

The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking input from locals on how to best improve pedestrian paths throughout the two communities.
A public input meeting is scheduled to be held Monday, and is one of several in the process of identifying the issues and needs of bicyclists and pedestrians and work towards solutions to update the MPO’s bike and pedestrian plan.
According to MPO project documents, the purpose of updating the plan is to increase bicycle and walking trips (whether for recreational or economic development objectives), improve bicycle and pedestrian access to key local activity centers and destinations, as well as promote bicycle and pedestrian activities as available, yet affordable transportation options.
The existing plan— aimed to establish a safe, accessible and connected bicycle and pedestrian network— was published in 2013 and is intended to be updated every five years.
The objective of next week’s meeting is to identify network assets, according to the MPO, and stakeholders in attendance will be asked to “identify problems, prioritize draft strategies and determine data needs for evaluation criteria.”
A previous public meeting in July yielded varying feedback from concerned residents, MPO documents state. Some requested more bicycle trails and enforcement, while others pointed out existing gaps in the system. Proposed strategies in a Bygland Road study prepared by the MPO last year also raised concerns.
The bike and pedestrian plan is just one component of a long range transportation plan (LRTP) that extends from the present to the year 2040.
The next public input meeting is scheduled to be held Monday, Aug. 29 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library.
Further information can be found at www.theforksmpo.org.

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