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Public to comment on bike, pedestrian trails

Staff report

A triathlete gets ready to hop on his bicycle during the Aspen Triathlon. Aspen's cycling and pedestrian master plan is under review with public input sought.

Update time.

The Aspen Engineering and Parks Departments are starting the process of updating Aspen's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

According to a news release on the Aspen Cycling Club website, the last time the plan was updated was in 1991.

Tyler Christoff, senior project manager for city of Aspen Engineering, announced that an interactive website showing Aspen's streets and trails is available for public comment online.

The website offers a visual key to different types of bike lanes and intersections. It will offer the ability to comment on conflict points and areas where bicycle parking is needed, points were pedestrians feel safe or unsafe and possible future bike routes.

"Safe and efficient pedestrian and bike routes have long been an important part of the Aspen community," Christoff said. "Generations of Aspenites have had the foresight to incrementally expand this impressive system. Reaching out to the community for all users for feedback is the only way to keep improving our system now and into the future."

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He said the project for the master plan update will help the city make informed decisions about where there are missing links in the system and the prioritization of resources based on use and need from the public's feedback.

"The goal is to create a cohesive visions for the city's pedestrian and bicycle facilities for years to come," he said.

He encouraged the public to visit the website http:/wiki mapping.com/wikimap/Aspen-Bike-Ped.html.

Comments will be taken on the site.

The Aspen Cycling Club also encouraged the pubic to provide input for the future of Aspen's cyclists and pedestrians.