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Open House for County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Project

Post Date:10/26/2018 12:40 PM

Presenting the Eau Claire County Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for Review and Feedback

10/15/18

Eau Claire County will hold an open house to gather feedback on the Draft Eau Claire County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The open house is on;
Wednesday, November 14th
4:30 - 7:30 PM
Eau Claire County Government Center (Room 1277)
721 Oxford Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Short presentation offered at 5:00 p.m.

Staff from the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, along with members of the county advisory team, will be present to answer questions and listen to feedback. A previous open house, in fall of 2017, focused on gathering public input for the development of the plan, this second open house is a chance to review the draft plan and make comment before it is finalized.

The bicycle and pedestrian plan focuses on creating bicycle and pedestrian opportunities throughout the county as well as creating connections with surrounding counties. The Eau Claire County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan has been overseen by a county advisory team and coordinated with the ongoing bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts in Chippewa and Dunn counties. Collaboration and coordination between citizens, advocacy groups, local governments, and the County has been critical to the planning process and will continue through to plan adoption and implementation.

The Eau Claire County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan features a countywide bicycle route network that was developed under state and federal guidelines, with public and user input, and extensive fieldwork. This network would connect to routes identified in the adopted St. Croix County Plan Bicycle and Pedestrian and the draft Chippewa and Dunn County plans to create the Western Wisconsin Bicycle Routes Network Plan.
This planning project was funded by a federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The application was submitted to fund the creation of three coordinated bike and pedestrian plans in Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire counties. This highly competitive program provides up to an 80% grant with a 20% local match. The local match for the Eau Claire plan portion of the playing effort was funded by the County.

The completion of this comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan will provide the County with the necessary tools and guidelines to implement priority bicycle and pedestrian policies and projects, and will assist in applying for state and federal funding to develop connections and improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the County.
This bike and pedestrian plan is anticipated to be completed in late November 2018. For more information regarding this project go to the project website at 3countybikeandped.wordpress.com.
Information is also available by contacting Ann Schell, Senior Transportation Planner, or Megan Olson, Associate Planner at the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission at 715-836-2918.