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Cville Initiates Update to Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

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City of Charlottesville Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update is the next phase of making a bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trail connections in the City. It will be a physical and action-oriented plan that builds upon the 2003 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and will complement the Context Sensitive Street Design Guidelines work that will also be taking place this year.

The Master Plan Update will focus on integrating the on-street and off-street networks identified in past planning efforts to create safe, comfortable transportation corridors that appeal to a wide range of users of all abilities. It will provide recommended network improvements for Charlottesville's on-street bicycle and pedestrian corridors, as well as a phasing plan for implementation.

The City of Charlottesville has enlisted Toole Design Group, a "leading planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation" to complete the plan update. Toole Design Group has helped create bicycle and pedestrian plans for several other cities including Philadelphia, PA; Chapel Hill, NC; Denver, CO; and Alexandria, VA.

The first public workshop will take place on June 18 from 4:30 to 6:30PM at City Space (100 5th Street NE). The event will be Open House style with "stations" for public review and comment. There will be a short presentation about the plan update process, national trends, and reflections about the city's bicycle and pedestrian network at 5:30 PM.

As part of the public input process, citizens are invited to use an online interactive map (or online survey if using a screen reader) to identify barriers to biking and walking, as well as desired routes. Toole Design Group will use this data to create dynamic visualizations of local knowledge and patterns, guiding the development of focused recommendations for the Master Plan. More information about the plan update and a link to the online interactive map can be found on the City website at www.charlottesville.org/bikeped.

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