The City of Visalia is preparing their first-ever Active Transportation Plan and citizens are invited to the final public meeting on Saturday, July 9th at the Manuel F. Hernandez Community Center.
The City of Visalia has a strong history of promoting active transportation to its residents, and in the past five years alone, the City has been able to obtain funding to construct over 7.6 miles of Class I trails and 17.4 miles of Class II & III bike lanes/routes.The 2010 Waterways and Trails Master Plan & the City’s 2011 Bikeway Plan have been instrumental in the planning and financing of those improvements. Those documents have provided the guidance and direction for the network. In order to remain beneficial to the community, the City typically updates the bikeway plan every five years. The Waterways and Trails Masterplan is a long-term planning tool which can serve a longer period without the requirement for a frequent update.
“This year we’re doing something different,” states Rebecca Keenan, P.E., City of Visalia Senior Civil Engineer and Project Manager. “The state and federal authorities have shifted their approach from individual transportation components (such as biking) to an approach that encourages all forms of active transportation. Some people may remember previous transportation programs, such as Safe Routes to School (SR2S), Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), or the Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA). Those programs, along with others, were consolidated in 2013 into the new Active Transportation Program (ATP).So, in order to be consistent with the current funding opportunities available, the City has decided to prepare its first ever Active Transportation Plan and we’re looking for further public comment.”
An Active Transportation Plan (ATP) moves beyond just bicycle amenities, and strives to plan for and promote all forms of active transportation. That includes any non-motorized form of transportation like walking, bicycling, wheelchairs, skateboarding, rollerblading and more.
“We look forward to hearing from the citizens of Visalia and really want them to share their priorities with us,” adds Keenan. “We’ve hired a well-known consultant, QK to help us through this exciting process and to get the City’s first ATP formed. This workshop is a chance for the community to really contribute and make an impact on important amenities that citizens will enjoy for years to come.”
The ATP Public Workshop #2 will be held at the Manuel F. Hernandez Community Center Game Room, located at 247 W. Ferguson, on Saturday, July 9th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For those that can’t make it to the meeting, the ATP Network Survey is online now at www.visalia.city. For more information, contact Rebecca Keenan, P.E, Project Manager at (559) 713-4541 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .