June 11, 2014

Regional Bicycle Master Plan Seeks Input

The Regional Bicycle Master Plan is asking people to take a survey that will help them to design bike paths that will connect Agoura Hills and other cities in our region. This plan is an excellent idea and we congratulate the city for its part in the planning process. The website for the plan is RegionalBikePlan.Org.  You can find a link to the survey on that site, or click HERE.

The Regional Bicycle Master Plan is a collaborative effort of the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments and other agencies to promote bicycling as a safe and attractive transportation choice. The Plan is supported by a Sustainability Planning Grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Agoura Hills is a member of both of these planning organizations.

The Regional Bicycle Master Plan also includes the cities of Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Westlake Village. The resulting individual city bike plans will allow the five cities to apply for state grant funds to implement projects and programs that will improve the safety of bicycle riders in the region and increase the number of people choosing to ride for a variety of reasons.

Riding a bike for commuting, running errands, recreation, or physical fitness is fun! Other significant benefits include improved personal health and environmental sustainability. The overall transportation system can function more smoothly if riding a bicycle is made to be a safer and more attractive option, because traffic congestion would decrease. In addition, economic benefits are often realized through families’ reduced reliance on automobile ownership, reduced health care costs for society, and increased community vitality.

We won’t see the comments that you will be sending in, but we’d love to know how you feel about this new regional effort. Please take another minute and add a comment back to us with your thoughts. Thanks for being a part of this planning process.

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