PUBLIC INVITED TO HELP PLAN KERN REGION’S
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FUTURE
For more information, please contact Peter Smith at (661) 635-2917
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Organization: Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG)
What: Public workshops and “walking audits” to identify regional walking and bicycling needs
When and Where: Nov. 30-Dec. 15 in communities throughout the Kern region. See the complete schedule of activities below for specific times, dates and locations. (Note: The Frazier Park Workshop takes place December 15th from 6 to 8 pm)
Kern County residents are encouraged to help plan the future of the region’s walking and bicycling network by participating in a series of “walking audits” and community workshops that will identify challenges and opportunities for people traveling on foot and bicycle..
These events are part of the Kern Region Active Transportation Plan (ATP), a regional planning effort led by the Kern Council of Governments (COG) to improve walking, bicycling and transit access throughout Kern County. Working with local, regional and statewide partner agencies and organizations, Kern COG aims to develop project and program recommendations to make walking, bicycling and transit integral parts of daily life for residents and visitors alike.
Audit participants will walk with professional planning staff in communities throughout the Kern region to point out specific parts of town, intersections, corridors and other areas where bicycling and walking are challenging. Challenges often include damaged infrastructure, system gaps, line-of-sight or vehicle speed concerns or other issues that make walking or riding a bike difficult.
The public is also invited to attend a series of community workshops designed to gather feedback about the existing walking and bicycling environment and how it may be improved. The audits and workshops will run from Nov. 30 through Dec. 15 throughout the region. A complete schedule is provided below. (Note: The Frazier Park Workshop takes place December 15th from 6 to 8 pm)
Residents are also encouraged to visit the project website, kernatp.org. Website visitors can complete an online survey, illustrate current and desired walking/bicycling routes via an interactive map, and learn more about the overall planning effort.
The data, opinions and information gathered from these outreach efforts will be included in the Active Transportation Plan, which will serve as the basis for future funding and grant requests to support and encourage bicycle and pedestrian travel, including new or improved walkways, bikeways, trails and crossings.