Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Community Input, Impact

Community input is essential in developing just about anything. Creating a place that's unique comes from feedback from the public:  what works, what doesn't, what's needed, what's important, etc. When it comes to bike planning and developing a bike system of trails, paths and programming, it's no different.

Community input is important in developing a bikeway that's suited to fit the needs of a community. Cities across the country (and world) can provide great examples of model programs and infrastructure, but what works in one place won't necessarily have the same success or impact in another. What works in Portland doesn't necessarily work in New York City. What works in Atlanta won't necessarily work in Charlotte. Likewise for Greenville or Columbia or Spartanburg.

In the Upstate, the City of Clemson is moving forward with a bike plan. They have two Community Input meetings. One was Tuesday, September 27th (maybe you went). The other is Tuesday, October 11th in the City of Clemson Council Chambers from 6:30 - 8:00. They need your input to create a bikeway that's unique to Clemson. It's always great to share your experience and ideas at these kinds of meetings. Articulating what's important will help planners, engineers and project managers create a bikeway (and, ultimately a community) that's suited to fit the needs of the city. (Other communities in the Upstate have engaged in similar public meetings.)

In a related note, if you're interested in learning how to advocate for cycling in your own community - kind of beyond community input - check out this post on the Palmetto Cycling Coalition blog.

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