County shows some love for bicyclists, pedestrians

Clark County commissioners this week amended the county’s comprehensive plan to incorporate a bicycle and pedestrian plan.

The county’s bicycle and pedestrian plan was approved in November 2010; the county last prepared a bicycle plan in 1996 and had never developed a pedestrian plan.

This week’s move means that bicyclists and pedestrians will be given more consideration now that they are in the comp. plan, the key document for guiding development in the county.

According to the bicycle and pedestrian plan, the goals include increasing bicycle and pedestrian safety through education and enforcement, ensuring that pathways, sidewalks, bus stops and bike lanes are included in subdivisions and establishing an east Clark County scenic bicycle route.

Also, since the plan covers unincorporated Clark County, a key goal is to “coordinate with local jurisdictions to ensure a seamless bicycle and pedestrian transportation system between the unincorporated county and neighboring cities.”

Wait a second. The county needs to work closely with cities, including Vancouver?

Regular readers of the blog know where I’m headed with this one. Yes, that’s right, I now have a relatively decent excuse to repost our fave pic of Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart.

The matching shirts. The capri pants. The bicycle basket.

What’s not to love?


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