PLATTSBURGH — A citywide bike infrastructure plan is in movement right here as Plattsburgh Metropolis officers search group enter of their quest to make Lake Metropolis streets extra bike pleasant.
A two-week-long survey launched final Friday, asking cyclists and drivers alike what enhancements they’d wish to see and the place. Metropolis officers mentioned suggestions would assist inform a number of choices in the course of the planning course of and affect the ultimate report’s findings.
By Monday morning, the town’s Group Improvement Workplace (CDO) mentioned practically 250 responses had been collected.
“It’s too early to talk with any certainty on the ultimate tendencies, however thus far essentially the most compelling early pattern is that over 90 p.c of respondents could be extra prone to experience a motorcycle if there have been extra devoted bike lanes or sharrows — site visitors lanes that automobiles and bikes share,” they are saying by way of electronic mail.
“We’re excited to proceed to obtain extra responses and analyze the outcomes.”
The pending bike infrastructure plan, a draft of which to be accomplished this summer time, is predicted to higher connectivity and security for bike customers throughout the spectrum.
“With the adoption of Full Streets laws, we’re this undertaking as a way to maneuver the needle in direction of creating a real multi-modal plan for Metropolis of Plattsburgh residents and guests,” Mayor Christopher Rosenquest informed the Press-Republican, referencing a decision authorized by the Metropolis Widespread Council earlier this yr.
“Just by including bike lakes, communities see a rise in biking as a type of transportation. This has a constructive influence on our surroundings in addition to will increase high quality of life, well being, bike security and group enjoyment,” he continued.
“Strolling, biking and driving ought to all be secure in our metropolis and we should not need to sacrifice one for the opposite.”
MORE DATA, MORE INFORMED
Town’s CDO mentioned the 15 query survey, accessible on-line by way of cloud-based software program firm SurveyMonkey, is open to everybody.
“We wish our bike infrastructure to be accessible to folks of all ages and talents,” they are saying by way of electronic mail. “Town is roughly 5 sq. miles and secure equitable entry to every little thing our metropolis to has to supply is a precedence.”
Town did not have a goal response quantity, however its CDO workplace mentioned extra knowledge collected by way of the survey would make for extra knowledgeable choices.
“For instance, striping a motorcycle lane of Brinkerhoff (Avenue) could also be a simple answer, however does it get folks the place they want and wish to go? Understanding behavioral patterns is crucial when planning infrastructure initiatives.”
BIKE PARKING AREA
Mayor Rosenquest mentioned the town, in partnership with downtown bike store Maui North, was within the early levels of putting in eight to 9 customized bike racks all through the town’s downtown.
Plattsburgh Metropolis officers have been additionally taking inventory of present bike racks all through the town and had plans to gather, clear and repaint them to be reinstalled on higher Bridge Avenue in just a few fenced blocks, or “vendor stalls,” positioned there, forming a “centralized downtown bike parking space.”
“By centralizing bike parking we’re hoping to extend bike visibility and security,” he mentioned. “We’re additionally encouraging bikers to make use of this centralized space relatively than locking to avenue indicators, handrails, fences and lamp posts.”
Such an area would enable for upwards of 20 bikes to be parked proper within the coronary heart of downtown, he added.
“That, mixed with the opposite racks put in in partnership with Maui North, will create a really bike pleasant downtown.”
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TAKE THE SURVEY
Responses to a Metropolis of Plattsburgh survey will assist pen a citywide bike infrastructure plan geared toward making the Lake Metropolis extra bike pleasant.
It may be accessed on-line right here, www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHNBS6K