Carlisle Borough Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network-Public Meeting

The meeting will take place on ThursdayAugust 252011, at 7:00pm at the Stuart Community Center

From the Sentinel:

The Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department will hold the first of three public meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, to gather input on the design of a network of bike trails in Carlisle and surrounding communities.

The hearing will be in the Stuart Community Center.

“Looking forward, this is round two,” said Chad Decker, senior traffic engineer at Dewberry, said.

Dewberry is the engineer for the road diet project and was recently hired by the borough as the project engineer for the Carlisle Borough Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network.

The project will be funded by PennDOT through the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative, otherwise known as the “Smart Transportation” program, according to a press release from the borough.

The borough received a grant for $540,000, Decker said.

The objective for the project is to link all components of the borough’s existing trail system, including Forbes Path, Valley Meadows Park, Dickinson Athletic Fields, Seven Gables Park, Thornwald Park, LeTort Nature Trail, Biddle Mission Park and the downtown bike lanes on High and Hanover streets.

The concept for the network came from the LeTort Regional Authority’s 2008 Urban Greenway/Trail Plan, according the borough.

“The goal is to connect points of interest with bike routes,” Decker said. Some of the bike paths are on the street and others are off road.

“We’re looking for input. This isn’t finalized. We want people to tell us where they want to see bike routes. Come to the meeting, give us input,” Decker said.

The second meeting will be held in the fall after Dewberry has had a chance to take into account the suggested changes.

The final meeting will be held in the spring, just before construction begins, he said.

The third phase of the project will connect Carlisle to Newville via the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. The CVRT already connects Newville to Shippensburg, so when the leg from Carlisle is completed, people will be able to bicycle from Carlisle to Shippensburg, Decker said.

For more information, contact Carlisle Parks and Recreation at 243-3318 or email to parksandrec@carlislepa.org.

Read more: http://www.cumberlink.com/news/local/article_404f63ce-c40b-11e0-a87b-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1W2nKTIRc

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