Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spokane City Wants Your Input On Pedestrian Master Plan

The City of Spokane has a draft Pedestrian Master Plan they'd like to hear your opinion on. The plan is designed to guide investments to improve access, safety, and connectivity for pedestrians. City staff will be taking the plan out on a "road show" this month at the Garland Street Fair and Unity in the Community to talk about the plan and seek comments.

The Pedestrian Plan has been under development since last fall.  It’s part of a major update of the Transportation Chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the 20-year plan that guides all growth for the City.

A major new component in the Transportation Chapter is the City’s new focus on integrating transportation and utility infrastructure investments. With the adoption of the street levy last fall, the City has been working to prioritize investments in our street system based on above and below ground needs.  Mobility uses for transit, bikes, pedestrians, vehicles and freight are prioritized along with needs for water distribution, wastewater, and stormwater management, allowing the City to save money and create greater benefits for neighborhoods.

So here are the details on when you can learn more about the Pedestrian Master Plan and put in your two cents:

Garland Street Fair
Where:            Garland Avenue from Monroe Street to Howard Street
When:             Saturday, Aug. 8
Time:               10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Unity in the Community
Where:            Riverfront Park Clock Tower
When:             Saturday, Aug. 15
Time:               10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.