Biking and walking in the New Bern area is soon to be safer, more connected and efficient, as improvements to the current Bike & Pedestrian plan are set in motion.
The New Bern Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (NBAMPO) announced at the June 8 Board of Aldermen meeting that they will begin planning updates to New Bern’s 12-year old bike and pedestrian plan.
"The update will establish a primary, secondary and tertiary update to the network. It will focus on providing safe and adequate connections for both bicyclists and pedestrians. It will work to identify and close some of the current fractures that we have in our infrastructures," said Kim Maxey, MPO administrator.
The updates will promote connectivity and a more effective utilization of pathways. They hope to create a bike and pedestrian network that community members can use as a means to travel to employment and entertainment centers and links residential areas together.
"We’ve seen across our country, but especially in our area, a really big push for supporting other modes of transportation. People would rather walk to school than bike if they could and we have a great basis for that, we just need to work on expanding our infastructure," Maxey said.
The NBAMPO is working with a consulting firm and hopes to kickstart the project next month, Maxey said. She anticipates planning will take eight to nine months and be finished by March of 2022. The planning process will include public input and involvement opportunities.
The NBAMPO will fund research and planning, totaling […]