PRESS RELEASE Contact: Scott Walker, Transportation Planner
For Immediate Release 406-247-8661
December 6, 2016 email@example.com
City-County Planning Division Hosts Public Information Meeting
Update on the development of the non-motorized transportation plan for the Billings area
Billings, Montana: The City of Billings/Yellowstone County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:30 with a presentation by Joe Gilpin from Alta Planning + Design at 5:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Billings Library. Alta Planning + Design has been leading the planning effort and will present the results of citizen feedback, innovative on and off street bicycle and trail facilities and opportunities to continue programs that have positively influenced non-motorized transportation in the Billings area.
The planning area includes lands within City limits and beyond, including Lockwood. A steering committee consisting of healthcare professionals, city and county staff, non-profit organizations and committee representatives have been guiding the plan’s development. MPO Transportation Planner Scott Walker discussed the importance of public participation throughout the process. “We are making extra efforts to solicit input from people who are not active bicyclists,” he said, “there is a significant underserved population in Billings who needs better transportation options that are not a vehicle. It is crucial that these people provide our office with their perspectives so that we can create an equitable transportation system.”
The results from the meeting will help identify the priority needs for both built facilities and program offerings. The planning office has been working closely with the City of Billings Parks Department, who is also undertaking a city-wide park planning effort, to incorporate more trails and connectivity between parks. “The timing is right for us to align with the needs of other city departments like parks and engineering,” says Walker, “combined with the dedicated efforts by the citizens of Lockwood, I feel like the Billings area is poised for success.”
The planning effort is scheduled to conclude in the Spring of 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.billingstrails.com/ or call Scott Walker at (406) 247-8661.
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