Council Recap: Bicycle and Pedestrian plan vote postponed

Alex Sirney -- July 13th, 2010

Council heard the Planning Commision’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that would give the city guidelines on developing bike and foot traffic infrastructure throughout the city, but postponed a vote pending further review.

The proposed plan, which gives priorities for short- and long-term development, is the product of more than a year of effort by the Planning Commission and the 14-member Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee.

The proposed plan updates the previous plan adopted in 2005. Major changes include combining the Bicycle and Pedestrian plans, breaking the goals into two- and five-year objectives and including sharrows, new street markings that indicates shared usage of a roadway.

bike path expansion

Proposed bike paths would expand access in the city.

Council, led by Dave Wiens, postponed voting on the plan, citing a need to fully review it before taking action.
However, the plan was well-received by council and the approximately 100 people in attendance, with frequent applause directed at the nine people spoke in favor of the proposed plan during the public hearing. No one spoke against it.

The guidelines provided in the plan would be incorporated into the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, where they would all compete for funding City Manager Kurt Hodgen described as currently “sparse.” Several of the public commenters called on council to direct funding towards projects outlined in the proposed plan.

The city initially created a bicycle plan in 1994, with updates in 1999 and 2005, according to the currently proposed plan. The first pedestrian plan was adopted in 2005.

Other notable actions:

  • Deputy treasurers Jennifer Click and Melody McConnell were recognized as having earned Master Government Deputy Treasurer status from the UVA Weldon-Cooper Center for Public Service and School of Continuing and Public Service. Certification contributes to the City Treasure’s Office receiving accreditation, which it has for the 2010 to 2011 fiscal year.
  • Council, acting as fiscal agent for the Emergency Communications Center (the 911 services shared by the City and Rockingham County), approved an appropriations for upgrading outdated equipment and integrating the 911 mapping system with the computer aided dispatch system. The ECC received a grant for $325,000 and contributed a match of $89,552.41.
  • This was the last meeting for Assistant City Manager Evan Vass, who will be returning to the position of New Market Town Manager.
  • The animal control mediation process continues, with a final meeting expected in the next few days according to Mayor Kai Degner. Any information made public would be at the discretion of the participants, he said.
  • Council ending in closed session for discussion of personnel matters

5 Responses to “Council Recap: Bicycle and Pedestrian plan vote postponed”

  1. Bazrik says:

    I hope they approve this plan, already.

    …in the meantime, let’s make sure we keep pouring hundreds of thousands into that golf course…

  2. I think that the proposed bike plan looks good. Congratulations to the officials and citizens who have been responsible for putting it together. Let us work on moving it forward, despite these difficult economic times. History has shown that bad times are often the times that some of the most important investments for the longer term, both public and private, are made.

  3. Miriam says:

    I just want to make a plug for the Harrisonburg Citizen Academy. We are currently accepting applications for the 2010 session. More information and the online application is on the city website at http://www.harrisonburgva.gov/academy. Or feel free to contact me by email: miriamd@harrisinburgva.gov. Or phone: 540-432-7701.

  4. Miriam says:

    Sorry. My correct email address is obviously miriamd@harrisonburgva.gov.

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