Thursday, July 24, 2008

Shreveporters express urgency in Statewide Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Planning hearing

Janet Creech, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Louisiana's Dept of Transportation & Development is recognizing "increased demand for walkable and bikeable options." Indeed: over 20 locals spoke animatedly at the La Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plan hearing this week.

There were attendees who are veterans of such hearings, such as Jeff Wellborn, Tim Goeders and Murray Lloyd. There were bikers associated with the recent Times bicycle commuting series, such as Ian Webb, Maurice Loridans and Alex Kent. And there was a rep for Gen Y: Jennette Ginsburg. Not represented but mentioned by Jeff Wellborn were a group of virtually invisible bike commuters: those impoverished enough not to own a car.

An example of the suggestions: "Ask city political leaders and planners to bike or walk to work once a month."

Participants were reminded that suggestions gathered by planners will not have an impact on policies for 3 to 5 years.

Those who would like to offer ideas and register their concern can write to consultant Nick Jackson (, who led the meeting, or to DOTD Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Brian Parsons (

Those looking for a local forum for more immediate expression and action may visit the blog A Better Shreveport and stand by for meetings tba.

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