Monday, April 7, 2008

Bicycle, bicycle ... I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride my bike...

The City of Spokane and the state are hitting the road this month with new and improved bicycle master plans. The city's plan, which directs spending priorities for bike facilities, hasn't been updated since the 1960's. The public will have three opportunities to comment on the city's plan. For more details on the plan read Thomas Clouse's "Getting There" column in today's Spokesman Review.

By the way, if you're into biking and you haven't seen the bike boulevard video that was shot in Berkley, you have to take a couple of minutes and watch the video above.

Spokane City officials will host three open houses later this month to get public ideas and comments as it works to update the Master Bike Plan. The first open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 22 at the Southside Activity Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. The next open house will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 24 at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St., and the final open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center at 4001 N. Cook St.

The state Department of Transportation will join the April 24 open house at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt, to get input on the state's Bicycle and Pedestrian Walkways Plan.

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