Bicycle commission to hold public comment meeting

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 11, 2013 

— The city of Merced is holding a public meeting Wednesday to help prioritize upcoming bicycle transportation projects and discuss ways to make the city more bike-friendly.

Members of the community are encouraged to comment on the Merced Bicycle Transportation Plan, which is being updated for the first time since 2008.

"We'd really like to hear from the community -- where are the paths, where are the problems?" said Bill King, principal planner for the city of Merced. "There may be (potential) bike paths that we're unaware of that would add value to the community."

The plan allows the city to compete for annual state Department of Transportation funds for a variety of bike- related improvements, according to city officials.

Projects previously awarded funding include bike paths, improvements to pavement, street intersection redesigns, bike racks and bicycle education events.

Maps of existing and proposed projects will be available at the meeting.

The city of Merced Planning Division will host the meeting in partnership with the Merced County Association of Governments and the Merced Bicycle Advisory Commission.

The city, under pressure from the Merced Bicycle Coalition, in 2009 formed the Bicycle Advisory Commission to make recommendations to planning officials on bike-related projects.

The commission holds public meetings at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at the Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St., on the fourth Tuesday of every even-numbered month.

The planning workshop will be held in the Sam Pipes Room from 6 to 8 p.m. A follow-up meeting will be held March 11 at the same location.

For more information, call (209) 385-6858.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or jsmith@mercedsunstar.com.

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