A good reason to get off your bike

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CASEY BRADLEY GENT
  • Casey Bradley Gent
In February, I wrote a cover story about bicycling in the Springs (read it here). 

For those that prefer two wheels, the story had both good news and bad news. The bad news is that our city's bike lanes and trails aren't as connected or well-maintained as they could be. The good news is that our city is trying to do something about that, starting with a plan. 

The Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan is basically complete. But citizens and cyclists still have a chance to comment on it and suggest tweaks. The plan will determine what trails and lanes get built in the coming years, so if you like riding your bike around town, this is important stuff. 

If you want to comment on it, check out the press release below, which includes a schedule of public meetings.

City seeks public participation in shaping future of bicycling in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The City of Colorado Springs will host four workshops around the city to discuss the proposed update to the Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan that sets a vision for the year 2025 and will help shape the future of bicycling in Colorado Springs.

The Bike Master Plan will build upon the Regional Non-motorized Plan efforts and develop a path to transform Colorado Springs into a community that allows for motorists and cyclists to safely share the road. Over the course of 2014, City staff and its regional partners worked with the community to develop a new Bicycle Master Plan for Colorado Springs and are seeking input on the plan’s vision and prioritization of bicycle routes in the city.

Please join us at one of the following workshops to discuss the Bike Master Plan update and the upcoming process. All workshops begin at 6:00 p.m.:

Southwest

May 20

Cheyenne Mountain High School,

1200 Cresta Road

West

May 21

Eagle View Middle School

1325 Vindicator Drive

North

June 3

Library 21c

1175 Chapel Hills Drive

Southeast

June 4

Southeast YMCA

2190 Jet Wing Drive


Participants will hear a short presentation on the Bike Master Plan and recent bicycling initiatives in Colorado Springs. Attendees will then work in small groups to provide input on the vision for a bicycle friendly community and to provide additional inputs on the top bicycle routes in Colorado Springs.

The Bicycle Master Plan integrates existing city plans, best practices and innovative thinking, and proposes a comprehensive set of strategies to create a safe and comfortable bicycling environment for people of all ages. The Plan includes several appendices with details pertaining to existing conditions, public education, existing bicycle programs, bicycle facility design and wayfinding guidelines and implementation details.

Colorado Springs is home to an active and vibrant bicycling community. With more than 100 miles of on-street bicycle routes, nearly 120 miles of urban bike trails and more than 60 miles of unpaved mountain bike trails, our city is committed to ensuring that biking is a convenience, safe and connected form of transportation and recreation. Colorado Springs is rated #45 in the Top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities in America by the League of American Bicyclists. Colorado Springs was recently recognized in the American Community Survey (ACS) as #38 for the nation’s fastest growing cities for bicycle commuting and is funded in part by a self-imposed bicycle excise tax to fund bikeway improvement within the City of Colorado Springs. For more information about bicycling programs, mobile-friendly bike racks, safety information and a map of bike lanes around the city visit www.coloradosprings.gov/bike.

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