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City Officials Want Public's Input On Walking, Biking Paths
Updated October 20, 2015 8:33 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Bedford City officials are wanting the public's input on making more trails for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Bedford City Council has allocated $40,000 to hire Remenschneider Associates of Indianapolis to help create that plan. An Indiana State Department of Health grant will cover $20,000, and the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council will pay $10,000 with the city paying the remaining $10,000.

This is a new trail, in addition but separate from the Milwaukee Trail and the Limestone Trail.

City Business and Community Development Director Marla Jones says a steering committee is being formed and public hearings will be scheduled in November and January. In the meantime residents are asked to participate in an online survey posted at www.remenschneider.com/survey.

According to the agreement, Remenschneider will gather an advisory committee to gather input and review the existing conditions that influence walking and bicycling within the study area. They will do an inventory and analysis of policies, programs and infrastructure that currently support walking and bicycling. Then survey residents in the community to learn the extent, barriers and opportunities for walking and bicycling within the community. A public meetings will be held to review those findings and to gather more input from the public.

A draft plan of their findings, recommendations for policies, programs and infrastructure, a map of the proposed pedestrian and bicycling system will be prepared and then discussed between the city, the advisory committee and the consultant and should be completed by next summer.

For more information about the bicycle and pedestrian trail, contact Marla Jones, Bedford's business and community development director, at (812) 279-6555 or mjones@bedford.in.us.



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