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Open House Tuesday discussing Portage County bike and pedestrian plans


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- People who want to help improve bicycling and walking conditions in Portage County can meet Tuesday to discuss the countywide plan. The county is hosting an open house to discuss the twenty-year plan at the Lincoln Center in Stevens Point starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sarah Wallace is the Associate Planner with the Portage County Planning and Zoning office. She says the plan is much more than bike routes. “ We’re looking at countywide bicycle and pedestrian, so it’s not just bike routes. We’re looking at identifying areas that are suited for, or may have needs and desires for potential different types of infrastructure projects.”

The county plan looks at everything big and small that makes it easier to get around on foot or on two wheels. Wallace says it could be a small as finding safer places to cross busy roads, gaps in sidewalks near schools, to building bridges and special structures. “Infrastructure projects like, how do we cross the Plover River, or I-39, or navigate around the Highway 10 & I-39 interchange area, so it ranges from very, very small painting and striping projects to larger infrastructure projects.”

Stevens Point already has one of the highest levels of people that bicycle and walk to work, with 17% of residents using these methods year around.

More details about the twenty year Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan are available online at http://portagecobikepedplan.wordpress.com .