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Aug 29

Bike Montco is Now Official

Posted to Planning Commission on August 29, 2018 at 12:06 PM by Troy Woodyard

Bike Montco


 On Thursday, August 9, the Montgomery County Commissioners unanimously adopted Bike Montco, Montgomery County’s Bicycle Master Plan.  The plan has been in the works for nearly two years and is the culmination of the hard work of Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) Staff, the 40 members of the steering committee, and over 2000 individuals who gave public comments.

The vision of Bike Montco is that “In Montgomery County, bicycling will be a fundamental part of daily life where all bicyclists can enjoy a safe, convenient ride every time they put a foot on a pedal.”  To do this Bike Montco takes a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the  themes of Connected Communities, Education and Enforcement, Equity, Health and Environmental Sustainability, Safety and a Vibrant Economy.

The core of the plan is the proposed Bike Montco Network which will include strategic on-road bicycle improvements that will improve connections between residential communities, schools, village centers, parks, business centers, and the county trail system.  In addition, the proposed network will provide links between residential areas that can often feel like bicycling islands, with the broader community.

The Network will take years to develop, as much of it will be built as roadways  throughout the county are repaved and upgraded.  However, even in draft form, the Network has  proven to be valuable when asking  for bicycle specific improvements in dozens of PennDOT, County and even private development projects.

The Bike Montco Plan and the Network can be found on our website at the following address:  www.montcopa.org/bikemontco.com

This fall MCPC staff will be taking the Bike Montco road show out to our municipalities.  We will be giving Bike Montco presentations to each of the 4 regional planning committees in the western half of the county and at 3 additional events in the eastern half with the goal of explaining the plan and its vision. The dates will be posted on www.montcopa.org/bikemontco as they are scheduled.

Looking to read more?  Earlier in the month articles appeared on philly.com and WHYY/NPR about Bike Montco’s adoption.