Bike/Ped Coordinator Eliminated
I’ve been getting a lot of emails regarding the elimination of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator position for the City of Spokane. I did not support this move. I think it has the potential to be an enormous step backward, especially since the City is set to reapply to the League of American Cyclists for Bicycle-Friendly City status next year. Right now we are the only city in Spokane County that has this distinction. (Liberty Lake lost their status). Spokane Valley has been recognized for its improved bike infrastructure and they could even overtake us. But status aside, we have thousands of citizens who are depending on the City to improve walking and biking as modes of transportation. We lag way behind other Northwest cities in improving these modes.
The city has made some positive strides in the last year, and some new road projects are really embracing Complete Streets, but now is the time for dialogue with the Mayor and staff about what is the best way forward to implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements in our City. Washington Bikes (formerly the Bicycle Alliance) has created an online petition with a urgent request for more dialogue on this issue. You can find it here:
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