This Thanksgiving weekend brought some exciting news from the Denton Record Chronicle that the city has hired a consulting firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan. We’ve requested the contract details from the city and should have more information to share this week.
City Manager George Campbell approved a $69,564 contract last month with consulting firm Freese and Nichols Inc. to help develop plans for improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility. A draft report is expected by next summer.
Kevin St Jacques, the consultant, will moderate public meetings with citizens, staff, and the Traffic Safety Commission, we’ll have more announcements about public meetings as the contract moves forward. Kevin St Jacques recently worked in Denton on the Safe-Routes-To-School contract to improve cycling and pedestrian conditions near Denton’s elementary schools. We’ve asked the city for any results or findings from the study.
A well executed Master Bike Plan with realistic and implemented results could transform Denton’s streets into a safer, more livable place. But as we learned from the Downtown Implementation Plan, unrealistic results (like the Sycamore bike route proposed by Jacobs) breed mistrust and skepticism. This is a huge opportunity to improve Denton; and the plan’s success is contingent on public involvement and willing implementation. Stay tuned for future announcements and chances for public input, and we’ll share any information we hear.