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City asks for public input on bike, pedestrian plan
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The Active Transportation Plan workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5 at City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway Avenue. - photo by Journal file photo

As the City of Turlock continues its efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the community, the city will be holding an open workshop to gain input from the public on what they hope to see within the master plan.

The Active Transportation Plan workshop will be held on April 5, giving Turlock residents the opportunity to help with the development process.

“We look forward to hearing from business owners, parents, students, and all residents about why they bike – or do not bike – and where they would like improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities,” said City Planner Rose Stillo.

According to Stillo, the plan will evaluate the current state of biking and walking in Turlock, identifying and prioritizing any improvements that are need to the street working while developing educational and encouragement programs to help decrease vehicular transportation and emissions. By reviewing city policies and infrastructure standards, the city will be able to qualify for state and federal grant money to help implement planned projects.

During the public workshop, participants will hear a brief presentation from Alta Planning and Design, who is helping developing the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, and Omni-Means, both of which are nationally renowned experts in walking and biking.

After learning about the “Complete Streets” movement and how it can help Turlock improve its economy, health and transportation choices, participants will also be given the opportunity to discuss a vision for Turlock and provide input on challenges facing bicyclists and pedestrians in the community.

The workshop will conclude with optional one-hour tours on foot or by bicycle with the consultant team and city staff to discuss what is working on the Turlock streets, and what could be improved. During the tour, participants should wear clothing appropriate for weather conditions, and have good footwear. Walkers and riders of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, with adults accompanying small children.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5 at City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway Avenue.

For more information on the Active Transportation Plan or the upcoming workshop, contact Rose Stillo at 668-5542 ext. 2205.