Reconnect Rochester is leading a series of bike rides this summer where they’ll show people how to navigate the city by bicycle. The first ride went from Maplewood Park to High Falls along the Genesee River. Cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, and others: Monroe County officials want to hear from you as they begin preparing a plan to make local streets and trails friendlier to human-powered forms of transportation.
In recent years, several county municipalities have put together bike- and pedestrian-focused active transportation plans — from denser inner-ring suburbs like Greece and Brighton to towns like Penfield and Chili, which are sprawling and not as built up. The county will be following in their footsteps and incorporating their plans, as well as the city’s Bicycle Master Plan and mobility plan, into its document.
“This is really the first time to get these municipalities on the same page,” said Jesse Peers, cycling manager for Reconnect Rochester, a local transportation advocacy organization. "It’s the first time to reach across boundaries to promote cooperation about active transportation issues."
The active transportation plan will spell out goals and strategies to make streets and neighborhoods easier to walk, bike, hike, and run. It also will find ways to make it easier for people using wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers to get around safely and comfortably. The plan will likely make it easier for the county and its municipalities to secure funding for projects that advance those goals.
Active transportation simply means movement powered by human exertion instead of a […]