Thank you to everyone who contacted the council, showed up at last night’s council meeting, and lent support for the adoption of the Bicycle Master Plan in other ways.
In the end, the council, though unanimously in favor of the plan, decided to issue a resolution acknowledging the acceptance of the plan but delaying formal adoption.
The rationale for doing so was based on procedural concerns. Although the plan was created with oversight from engineering, the administration, the council, UDOT, UTA, MAG, and other relevant parties, the plan has not yet been reviewed by the Planning Commission and the recently formed Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee. The resolution gave these bodies a set time frame to complete this task, after which the council will vote on whether to adopt the plan within the next 90 days.
Our hope is that, since the plan has already been vetted by so many parties, it will move quickly through these committees and its integrity will remain intact.
We appreciate the support of the council. Thanks in part to the outpouring of support from many of you and the work of countless people, from public officials representing Provo city, UDOT, UTA, MAG, and other agencies to hundreds of private citizens who provided extensive public impact during the development of the plan over the last couple of years, there is a wide consensus that Provo needs to create an interconnected trail and lane infrastructure that will make our community safe for bicyclists of all ages to ride.
We are particularly appreciative of the support of the mayor, who last night during a proclamation declaring September 9-13 “Bike-to-School” Week in Provo, challenged the entire council to ride to work, as he has been doing several times a week this summer.
In short, yesterday represented a brief delay for the plan that we are confident will be adopted intact in a few months. Thanks again, and keep riding. We have a beautiful community in which to do so, and we can/will make it even better!