Bicycle friendly communities don’t just happen. It takes public planning, citizen support, political will, funding and engineering. There are opportunities in communities around the state to shape things in the planning stages to benefit bicyclists. Here’s a sampling:
WSDOT’s SR 520 bridge replacement project is holding a Seattle community design public session on November 9. The process is intended to further refine the basic features of this project. The bridge replacement project includes bicycle pedestrian pathway and connections to it. Meeting details are here.
Sound Transit’s light rail system expansion in Seattle and the Eastside (King County) have elements that impact bicyclists. The North Link project has a couple of open houses scheduled to update the community on the Northgate Station (November 9) and Brooklyn Station (November 16). Open house details can be found on the Sound Transit website.
The City of Federal Way is creating a Bicycle and Pedestrian master plan and held an open house on it last week. You can still provide input. More information can be found on the city website.
Ferry County is developing a trail plan in a 28-mile railbanked corridor that stretches from Republic to the Canadian border. Check out the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners to learn more about the planned trail.
Public comments are welcome through December 5, 2011 on the Sinclair Inlet Development Concept Plan. The plan includes a trail connecting Bremerton and Port Orchard via Gorst. View the plan online.