What? Answer some questions? What’s my age? Rate my emotional responses from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree? Comments… Whether you are a skeptic, wide eyed idealist, or somewhere in between, there is no denying that organizations in the Greater Lafayette community want to know who you are and get your opinion while shaping potential projects. This fall I became aware of three different surveys from three separate organizations.
ONE: The city of Lafayette has created its first Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Bicycle Lafayette is very excited to be on the committee and actively involved in shaping a solid, comprehensive Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan is essentially an amendment to the Trails Master Plan. A new, more complete, master plan will include ideas for improvements to our current system of roadways. Improvements to make it safer and more fun for pedestrians and cyclists as we make way through town. And YES, there is a survey! This one is up until December 14, 2014. Check it out, fill it out.
Two advisory committee meetings have been held so far and things are going well. Topics discussed include but are not limited to bicycle crash data, maintenance of roads and trails, and recommending parallel roads through neighborhoods as an alternative to arterial roads. Education programs for drivers and cyclists are also a top concern so we all understand how to happily coexist on the pavement.
TWO: Did you hear about the Parks and Recreation golf course reuse survey? Follow the link on their front page and you may still be able to give your input there.
THREE: There is also talk of creating a Bike Share in the Lafayette area. Engineering students at Purdue are partnering with the city to research the implementation of a bike share system. They too have a survey you are welcome to fill out!
All of these surveys are opportunities to share your thoughts. But, they are really the first step in a process to design and plan new spaces in Greater Lafayette. So take the time now. Then be sure to stay in tune with the projects as they progress. As I know from riding a bicycle, adjustments need to be continually made as I maintain my balance and gain momentum!
Lafayette is on the way to becoming a Bike Friendly Community. Be a part of setting the pace.
Written by Rose Kaczmarowski. Lafayette Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Committee member and Volunteer Activist – Bicycle Lafayette