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The Foothills Sun-Gazette of Exeter, California

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Transportation officials seek public input on walking, biking needs in Tulare County

tulare county — In September, the Sun-Gazette reported that the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) would be seeking input from county residents on a walk and bike plan in the next few months. Well, the time is now.

Niko Letunic, a consultant working with Berkeley-based Eisen Letunic Transportation, Environmental and Urban Planning, said residents interested in providing input on the plan can go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/WalkBikeTulare to fill out a brief survey about walking and biking in Tulare County. Anyone who responds is eligible to win one of three $50 gift certificates for Amazon.com. The survey is open through Sunday, Dec. 13. Letunic said the goal of the "Walk 'n Bike Tulare County" plan is to make walking and biking in the county safer and easier.

"At this point we are looking for your input," he said. "We want to hear your concerns and needs related to walking and biking in your area and your ideas and suggestions for improving conditions. Below are the main ways in which you can participate. Your input will be used to recommend high-priority improvements around the county."

For "Pinnable" comments map: Go to www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1615323 for an interactive map of the county, where you can pin comments and suggest improvements for specific locations. The map is also open through Sunday, Dec. 13.

Residents who feel more comfortable providing comments directly to staff, or those that have questions about "Walk 'n Bike Tulare County," may contact Roberto Brady (Senior Regional Planner) at RBrady@tularecog.org or at (559) 623-0451.

TCAG, the transportation authority for Tulare County, is specifically asking the public to identify current challenges and obstacles to walking and biking in Tulare County. Known as a Needs Assessment, these public input sessions offer an opportunity for members of the public to identify problem areas and locations within their communities and to offer suggestions for improving conditions.

This is the second step in TCAG's development of its first Regional Active Transportation Plan (RATP) for the county, called "Walk 'n' Bike Tulare County." The plan seeks to make walking and biking in Tulare County safer and more convenient in unincorporated areas of the county and all eight cities for the next 10 years.

The entire process will take about 10 months and actually began in July with TCAG staff compiling a list of local conditions such as collision and commute data, key facilities and destinations for pedestrians and cyclists; and institutional policies and practices that impact walking and biking.

After the needs assessment phase, TCAG will prepare a draft version of the plan in December and January 2016. The plan will document the results of the public input and outline a 10-year work plan of high-priority projects that respond closely to the community's needs. Lastly, the draft plan will be reviewed and commented on by the public and key stakeholders in Feb. 2016 with adoption by the TCAG Board of Governors in March 2016.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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