Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan for E
Posted by chdot on December 31, 2007
“For more than 30 years bicycling has been an important part of our community. With the help of energetic bicycling advocates and a supportive City Council, bicycling has become part of E’s great lifestyle.
Bicycling is fun and convenient due to a well-coordinated system of bikeways in E. The system includes 30 miles of off-street paths, 89 miles of on-street bicycle lanes.
We encourage everyone, residents and visitors, to try bicycling in and around E.”
Part of Edinburgh’s new Cycling Officer‘s job, is to produce a cycle plan for Edinburgh. The process in Eugene involved significant public consultation –
“What began in the fall of 2006 with the Walking and Biking Summit has steadily evolved into a full-fledged strategic plan to achieve the vision of making Eugene a leader in support of pedestrians and cyclists. City staff developed this strategic plan using a dynamic community and stakeholder engagement process with guidance from a 12-member citizen led Departmental Advisory Committee (DAC).”
A similar process has been undertaken in Edinburgh as part of its Core Paths process.
The result is an impressive 30 page document, (prepared for the City of Eugene’s Department of Public Works by the Community Planning Workshop at the University of Oregon), with a wide range of proposals rated with priorities and ‘resource requirements’ (though no actual costings).
As Spokes pointed out in its recent Spokesworker “The Lib Dem manifesto promised to make Edinburgh a Model Cycle-Friendly (and Walk-Friendly) City. The manifesto also promised a number of specifics on cycling [see Spokes Bulletin 97, page 5] but it didn’t explain what a model cycle-friendly city is!!
So far, the new council seems to be following the pattern of the previous council, doing a fair bit for cyclists, but nothing really outstanding that could possibly live up to the promise of a Model Cycle-Friendly City.”
Perhaps an example set on the west coast of America will help.