Hey bicyclists! Washington County wants to hear from you about bike routes, current trouble spots for riders, and more. A $145,000 study has been funded to create a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The county is responding to a public opinion survey indicating there is a demand for safe and connected carbon-free transportation options.
The bike routes being designed are for recreational use and transportation usage and apply to county roads only, not city roads nor state highways.
County officials and a consulting firm will use the info gathered from the public to create a blueprint for bike route development. They will build off of the existing network of trails, paved shoulders, and sidewalks and create new portions of trails where there are gaps.
The resulting recommendations will be short-term, medium-term, and long-term, although no funding has yet been set aside for implementation of the plan once it is complete. However, there will be opportunities for local bike enthusiasts and nonprofits to contribute to the infrastructure with grants and donations to help fund peripheral aspects to bike trails, such as bike repair stations. The survey is here: LINK to SURVEY
Please contribute your thoughts (especially in respect to county roads or parks on or near or that you use to access the Gateway Brown's Creek trail). Please also think about and suggest any trail needs that would make the Gateway Browns Creek Trail part of a bigger more comprehensive active transportation network.