PLATTSBURGH – The Plattsburgh City community bike tour drew nearly 80 cyclists over the weekend as the community sought more “bike-friendly” feedback.
Mayor Christopher Rosenquest led the pack on Sunday afternoon on a two-mile drive from Melissa Penfield Park to Peter S. Blumette Park.
“It was great to see so many enthusiastic bikers come to support the community’s bike tour and help plan a bike-friendly Plattsburgh.”
LOVED TO SEE IT
Sunday’s event was designed to gather public feedback on the city’s newly proposed âBike Friendly Plattsburghâ report, which outlines a three-phase approach aimed at making Lake City more bike-friendly.
After the ride, the participants gathered in the Peter S. Blumette Park to find out about the plan, to exchange their thoughts and to enjoy a treat from the Mr. Ding-a-Ling ice cream van.
Participants were asked to complete a survey, available on the Plattsburgh City website, and highlight streets and areas of the city on a large map to show where they bike most often.
“Overall, the participants were positive about the plan and were happy to put a focus on creating a cycling infrastructure in the city,” said Courtney Meisenheimer, coordinator for community engagement.
“General feedback should ensure that the city needs to be coordinated with the public education on road safety for cars, bicycles and pedestrians, for example bicycle hand signals, when developing common roads and cycle paths.”
The community development office will review the feedback collected and make plan updates.
‘OFFER TO BIKERS’
Those in attendance included members of the Saranac River Trail Group, Adirondack Cycling Club, Women on Wheels Club, and owners of Maui North Ski and Bicycle.
Commenting on the age and skill range of bikers on Sunday, the mayor said: âThis speaks directly to the need to ensure the cycling infrastructure and the ability to safely ride the 5.5 square miles of our city is available.
“Of those who came, we had bikers who commute to work, cycle for health reasons, to school and for tourism,” he continued. âThis first step in creating this plan also needs to be linked to education, community engagement and contextualized into the overall concept of creating a true multimodal transport plan for our city.
“This is the first step that moves us in this direction.”
ONE MORE CHANCE
The city called on cyclists on Sunday to attend this week’s Joint Council meeting to share their experience with city councils.
The mayor and the community development office will host another community feedback session on Thursday, July 22nd at 5 p.m. in the town hall. There is no cycling element in this session.
“The community development office will look into the implementation of the first phases of the plan in more detail,” said Meisenheimer. “We’re holding another meeting to include the public in the conversation and give those who couldn’t attend on Sunday the opportunity to get personal feedback.”
Updates will be posted on the city’s website and Facebook page.
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