City of Idaho Falls and BMPO Launch ‘Connecting Our Community’

If you support my vision for beautifying the city and making our green spaces more accessible, please join me on July 10 to discuss 'Connecting Our Community' - A Plan for Connecting the Idaho Falls Area through Walking and Biking from 7-9 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Public Library. See below for the official press release.

 

City and BMPO Launching ‘Connecting Our Community’
A Plan for
Connecting the Idaho Falls Area through Walking and Biking

First Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Idaho Falls Public Library

 

Idaho Falls, Idaho, July 1, 2013- The City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) are embarking on a new plan that will outline priority projects for connecting the Idaho Falls area through walking and biking entitled ‘Connecting Our Community.'

Connecting Our Community will focus primarily on greenbelt, bikeway and pedestrian facility improvements within the Idaho Falls city limits. The plan will also provide updates to the BMPO’s 2008 Bicycle and Pedestrian plan for the communities of Ammon, Iona and Ucon.

“This new planning effort will be visionary and practical and target short as well as long-term objectives for improvements. When completed, we hope to identify how best to connect our existing trails, provide vital bicycle and pedestrian links throughout the city, and c reate a strong basis for federal, state and local funding,” said Greg A. Weitzel, Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation for the City of Idaho Falls.

Community engagement in the planning process starts with an interactive public workshop scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th at the Idaho Falls Library at 457 W. Broadway from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

At the workshop, the public will be invited to aid the planning process by providing feedback about the existing bicycle and greenway trail system as well as provide recommendations for the future.

Idaho Falls is regionally known for the Snake River Greenbelt trail, which is one of the most popular recreational amenities in the region. Overall, the trail network in the Idaho Falls area has grown to more than 20 miles of paved trails. Bike lanes have also been added to several city streets, now totaling just over six miles.

Alta Planning + Design, one of North America’s leading firms specializing in bicycle, pedestrian, park, and trail planning, design, and implementation, were selected to lead the Connecting Our Community plan.

A project website can be accessed at  www.connectidahofalls.com where a wealth of additional information can be found including the ability to submit comments on the existing bikeway and trail network and to sign up for an email newsletter that will keep interested persons updated on the planning process.

*Courtesy of the City of Idaho Falls*

 

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