“There is a lot of demographic and other trends that are pointing toward more interest in walking and biking,” said Emily Dozier, a senior planner with the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess council, “and not just for recreation, but also for getting around and for all the short trips that we make during the day.”- Emily Dozier, in PoJo article
Now is open the public comment period for the recently completed Draft Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, drafted by the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council, which provides a cooperative forum for planners, municipal leaders, transportation officials and the public.
Senior Planner for the Dutchess county, Emily Dozier, informs the public of this opportunity to engage civicially on an issue with wide-reaching implications for nearly everyone residing in Dutchess County.
Here is her call to the public,
"The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC) has initiated a 30-day public comment period for the draft county-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Plan is intended to serve as a resource for municipalities by summarizing design guidelines, analyzing data, highlighting best practices, recommending potential projects, and identifying funding sources and implementation steps to make walking and bicycling safer, more convenient forms of transportation and recreation in Dutchess County.
This comment period provides the public with an opportunity to comment on the draft Plan. Comments may be submitted to the PDCTC via email, fax (845-486-3610), phone (845-486-3600), or regular mail (PDCTC, 27 High Street, 2nd Floor, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
Public comments will be summarized and provided to the PDCTC Executive Committee prior to action at their meeting in March 2014.
The Draft Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan is available on the PDCTC website at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/TransportationCo...
An article appeared yesterday by John Ferro of the Poughkeeepsie Journal provides a comprehensive report of the council's work, ongoing and recently completed projects in the county, as well interesting resident anecdotes and background information on pertinent law, all useful to understand the needs of the county and the goals set forth by the council.
John Ferro reports, "Federal law requires urban areas with more than 50,000 people to have such councils. Congress requires them to ensure that federal funding for transportation projects is supported by sound, locally driven planning."
He goes on to add, "The draft plan is to serve as a resource for village, town and city planners who want to address the gap between the desire to walk and bike every day, and the limitations of the built environment.
Poughkeepsie Council members stress the plan does not come with the promise of funding. But it does have more than 100 project ideas. "
Check out the full article click here (via HRH's fledgling Pinterest) and let your voice be heard on this issue- it will affect us all!