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1. PAT’s New Website
2. December Gathering Gathered Great Ideas
3. Find Your Role in Our 2015 Goals
4. End Notes

PAT’s New Website

Sometimes it’s nice to give a spit shine to our public image and our new website is our most recent success in that realm. The old site had served us well, but as our programs grow and evolve we need a more sophisticated site that provides our members and supporters with timely information about our efforts.

We worked with Civano Web Design in Tucson who specialize in designing Joomla sites because Joomla offers exceptional templates and easy updates. Please take a look and let us know what you think by emailing us at pat{at}prescottbikeped.org. If you see any needed changes, please email those as well. Updates are easy, so it’s no trouble making this beauty the best it can be. The address is the same as it always has been:

www.prescottbikeped.org 

December Gathering Gathered Great Ideas

By: Russ Willis, President

We had an excellent turnout for our December 2nd supporters gathering at the Jersey Lilly. Much lively conversation, and many good ideas were shared.

Outgoing board president Jim Knaup took a few minutes to reflect on how much we have achieved over the past decade or so, acknowledging of course there is still much to be done.

There were tear sheets on the walls and a map of the city and sharpies and sticky notes, and we captured dozens of your ideas about where exactly the difficulties lie and what might be done to improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Nearly half the comments were in the "engineering" category, underscoring the need for bike/ped advocates to have a seat at the table when infrastructure decisions are made. Better connectivity, wider striped bike lanes on higher trafficked roads, lower speed limits on residential streets, pedestrian refuge islands on difficult crossings, a comprehensive "complete streets" policy.

There was also quite a bit of support for the idea of putting out positive public relations messages for bicycling and walking. Working together with bike clubs and other partners toward this effort was added to this point. Another addition was to coordinate showing up at city council meetings and other decision-making venues.

We would like to continue this conversation on a more regular basis—one suggestion was monthly, but certainly at least quarterly.

Again, these are your streets, and this is your bike/ped advocacy org. We need you to step forward to help shape and implement these agendas. In 2015, we will create multiple opportunities for committees of volunteers to help bring these ideas into reality.

Thanks to everyone for a very productive evening.

Find Your Role in Our 2015 Goals

Pulling from what we learned from many of you at the December 2nd Gathering as well as our discussions at our annual retreat in December, the board of directors has set specific goals we will be working to achieve in 2015. The three that will guide our programs are:

1. Securing partners for continuing Safe Routes to Schools in the face of defunding of that program under MAP 21. Federal grants for what had been the Safe Routes program are now lumped in with "transportation enhancements" more generally, and with "recreational trails." Our goal is to create contractual relationships with local municipalities and school districts

2. Establishing a formal, contractual advisory relationship with the City of Prescott on bike/ped accessibility issues. We have begun to make some headway on this. A proposal to create at least an ad hoc bike/ped advisory committee, appointed by the mayor, with PAT possibly as a paid consultant, is working its way through the city council.

3. Launching an effort to secure "Bronze" level Bicycle Friendly Community status for Prescott through the League of American Bicyclists. Embarking on this path would commit the City of Prescott to meeting quite a number of our longer term goals, including creation of a permanent bike/ped advisory committee and commitment of at least one city staffer part time to alternative transportation issues, as well as incorporating bicycle and pedestrian concerns into all infrastructure planning decisions.

Imagine how you might assist us with any of these goals. For instance, do you know of potential funding sources for our Safe Routes to Schools program? Would you like to serve as a PAT liaison on a bike/ped advisory committee? Could you help us prioritize street improvements that would connect the scattered dots of our existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities and up our chances of winning the Bronze? Please email us at pat{at}prescottbikeped.org.

End Notes

With Bike Month starting in mid-April, the annual Pedals and Pumps Gala in mid-May, the Skull Valley Loop Challenge in September, and with all the brainstorming and legwork needed to implement our 2015 goals, we will be needing a lot of volunteer energy. This is your moment to step forward and take an active role in shaping the future of bike/ped accessibility in your community. Dream big about how you can contribute, peruse our new website at www.prescottbikeped.org for inspiration, then email or call us with your ideas: pat{at}prescottbikeped.org, 928-708-0911. You can also drop by our office at 309 E. Gurley St. in Prescott any weekday morning to meet us in person and discuss your ideas.


Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
928-830-0723

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
 928-708-0911   pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.


Prescott Alternative Transportation
P.O. Box 2122, Prescott, Arizona 86302
pat(at)prescottbikeped.org
928-830-0723

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible.

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