Biking and walking plan to be unveiled at Evans meeting

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Feedback on biking and walking options in the Augusta area will be sought from the public Thursday at an Evans meeting.

The Augusta Regional Transportation Study will unveil its draft updating the 2003 regional bicycle and pedestrian plan.

“It’s a review on all our different policies to see if there’s anything that’s actually hindering our bicycle and walking infrastructure,” said ARTS Project Manager Marya Moultrie.

The new plan also includes recommendations on how to improve, expand and make infrastructure, such as paths and sidewalks, more user-friendly, she said.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive.

After the meeting, a selection committee composed of agency members and residents will be formed, Moultrie said.

The final draft will be sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation for review before it goes before the ARTS policy committee for approval. The plan could be adopted by April.

“The whole point is not to do something and sit it on a shelf,” she said. “This is to start the process.”

The ARTS area includes Richmond County and portions of Aiken, Columbia and Edgefield counties.

Residents interested in walking or cycling to work and for recreation are encouraged to attend, as are parents whose children walk or bike to school. Also asked to attend are motorists, seniors, residents who rely on public transit, law enforcement officers, businesspeople and those who want to live a healthy lifestyle.

Those who cannot attend the meeting may go to www.bikewalkarts.com for information.

A second meeting is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28 at Aiken Technical College.


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