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Mayor Winnecke Creates Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force
ETC approached Mayor Lloyd Winnecke about pursuing a Bicycle Friendly Community designation and he has created a task force to take on this endeavor!
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CITY OF EVANSVILLE
ONE N.W. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BLVD.
EVANSVILLE, INDIANA 47708
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
November 19, 2013
Contact: Ella Johnson-Watson
For Immediate Release
Mayor Announces Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force
Group to seek “Bicycle Friendly Community” status for City of Evansville
(EVANSVILLE, IN) – Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announces the appointment of a Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force. The Task Force is responsible for identifying and creating opportunities to make Evansville more bicycle-friendly and ultimately earn a coveted Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
Bicycle-friendly improvements can benefit communities and residents by improving road safety, increasing mobility, promoting health and fitness, positively impacting economic development and enhancing the quality of life.
“People can choose to live and work anywhere, and we are in competition with other cities whether we like it or not,” Mayor Winnecke said. “In talking to young professionals, they want to live in places where they can be active, ride their bikes and feel safe. Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community is an opportunity for us to increase our amenities and attract and retain professionals of all ages.”
Evansville-area Trails Coalition Executive Director Drew Hays said bicycle-friendly improvements are about systems change and not spending a lot of money.
“By going through the application process the Task Force will be able to identify opportunities for change: Where does it make sense to put in a bike lane, extend the Greenway, or build complete streets designed for automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians,” said Hays. “Systems change requires community leadership and stakeholders in city government to get the job done. That is the role of the Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force.”
The Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force Members are: Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, City of Evansville; Lana Abel, Department of Metropolitan Development; Kat Belsito, Adaptive Bicycles for Evansville; Mary Jo Borowiecki, Vanderburgh County Health Department; Cris Cottom, City Engineer Department; Dan Engelbrecht, Evansville-Area Trails Coalition; David Enzler, University of Southern Indiana; Ramona Harvey, Adaptive Bicycles for Evansville; Drew Hays, Evansville-Area Trails Coalition; Roberta Heiman, Evansville-Area Trails Coalition; Paul Jensen, Evansville-Area Trails Coalition; Denise Johnson, Evansville Parks Department; Curt Jones, Evansville-Area Trails Coalition; Don Jones, University of Evansville; Erin Mattingly, Metropolitan Planning Organization; Natalie Rascher, Deaconess Hospital; Scott Riley, EVSC, Retired; Detective Jack Spencer, Evansville Police Department; and Skyler York, Department of Metropolitan Development.
The Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force is currently collecting information and data required for the application process due in February 2014. The League of American Bicyclists will assess the application and provide specific suggestions for Evansville to create improvements that, upon completion, will earn a Bicycle Friendly Community designation.
Two projects were added to the EMPO 2013 – 2016 TIP (Transportation Improvement Program). Both are “ROAD DIET” projects, reducing the number of lanes on an urban street from 4 to 3 while maintaining the travel times along the corridor. The middle lane becomes a dedicated left-turn lane and the outer lanes become wider (reference Lincoln Avenue between Rotherwood and Hebron). These programs have been shown to increase automobile safety while also allowing space on the road for cyclists and a safer route on sidewalks for pedestrians. The two streets identified for these projects are Covert Avenue from US 41 east to the Warrick County line at I-164 and Weinbach Avenue from the Lloyd south to Pollack. Preliminary engineering will begin in 2014 with completion by 2016. Of the new project proposals, these two scored the highest on the MPO’s rating system.
The Warrick bus service (WATS) will purchase four bike racks for their transit vehicles in 2014.
Also attached are the lists of potential projects for public transportation and for roadways.