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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Planning Study

Background

Active transportation (such as bicycling, walking, or any other form of human-powered, non-motorized transportation) serves multiple purposes. First, an automobile or bus is not always the most efficient, cost-effective form of transportation, especially for short trips. Second, active transportation is relatively inexpensive transportation and can be vital for financially-stressed households. Third, active transportation helps the community meet not only mobility goals, but also public health goals and ecological goals.

The regional Active Transportation Plan is intended to be a deep dive into the specific and sometime peculiar barriers and opportunities that face this particular form of transportation. The goal of the plan is to identify specific projects or policies that will help improve the active transportation environment throughout the region and facilitate convenient and safe active trips for all needs and purposes.

What Is Happening Now?

Beginning on Wednesday, June 15th, the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) was released for a 30-day public comment period. The Draft – Saint Cloud APO – Active Transportation Plan Project Survey (https://arcg.is/0CX8Wj) asks users to prioritize proposed projects from one to five stars based on the highest need. The entire Draft Regional Active Transportation Plan can be reviewed HERE.

A virtual public engagement opportunity via the APO’s Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/stcloudapo) will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, starting at 1 p.m., and Thursday, July 7, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m.

A public meeting is scheduled to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the St. Cloud branch of the Great River Regional Library.

Then What?

After the 30-day public comment period, staff will review the comments, and final edits will be incorporated into the ATP. The plan’s final draft will go before the APO’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC), Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and Policy Board for final approval.

How Can I Participate?

For more information on the process and how you can participate contact Alex McKenzie. You can monitor the APO’s Facebook page or sign up for our “Interested Persons” mailing list to be notified of public input opportunities. Just go to our GET INVOLVED page and use the SIGN UP TO STAY INFORMED form at the bottom of the page.

Please refer to this page for status reports and updates on the progress of the Active Transportation Plan.