Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 17, 2018

Walk/Bike LV plan needs public input

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released a plan dubbed Walk/Bike LV as a way to encourage development of walkways and bike paths to make it easier for residents to get outdoors. The proposal is a regional master plan for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some cities, like Portland and Seattle, lead the way in accommodating everyday trail users. Others like Tucson are a destination for bikers during the winter season.

The Lehigh Valley has several notable trails and bikeways throughout the area crossing various municipalities. The purpose of the master plan is to tie the existing paths together to form an extended alternative to vehicle traffic. To get funding, a project requires a viable developed plan.

The goals are both ambitious and realistically obtainable. The quick list is to reduce traffic congestion, increase options with the goal of going car free, support the transit system, better health by exercising, heighten environmental resiliency, create jobs and enhance quality of life.

There were working group meetings in September and October. Now the organizers are looking for public input. The next public meeting is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Nov. 28 at Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem. There is an open house tour following the meeting.

Visit the interactive map at lvpc.org/walkbikelv.html for more information.