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BAC and PAC support draft corridor plan, make additional requests

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

In a joint meeting of the Pedestrian Advisory Council and Bicycle Advisory Council on Monday evening, members officially gave their support to the proposed Corridor Construction Program. The $482 million draft road map charts out the scope of projects coming to nine sections of the city’s busiest corridors as directed by voters in November 2016. The formal recommendation from Monday’s meeting hails the draft program as a package “that improves safety and connectivity for all people, including people walking and biking, through the implementation of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.” It also urges City Council to help expand transit service through low-cost improvements to frequency and reliability such as temporary bus lanes. Finally, the two bodies requested for staff to bring back reports to them in the fall regarding those temporary bus lanes, design speeds as low as 20 miles per hour and implementing the entire corridor program “in accordance with the Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of zero deaths and incapacitating injuries by 2025.” The BAC and PAC voted on the recommendation following a briefing on the draft construction program from Corridor Program Office Director Mike Trimble, who delivered a similar presentation to the Urban Transportation Commission on Wednesday evening. Council is set to vote on the draft plan at its March 22 meeting.

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