Sup­port Sought For Bi­cy­cle, Pedes­trian Projects

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The River­bank De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices Depart­ment is seek­ing in­put and sup­port for three pedes­trian and/or bi­cy­cle im­prove­ment projects from res­i­dents.

On Thurs­day, May 19, staff mem­bers held an out­reach meet­ing at Car­dozo Mid­dle School to present in­for­ma­tion on the projects and an­swer any ques­tions. Au­di­ence mem­bers were then asked to write let­ters or sign pe­ti­tions re­quest­ing grant fund­ing to help with the up­com­ing work. Other meet­ings were held at River­bank High School on May 16 and Enochs High School in North Modesto on May 12.

Ac­cord­ing to staff mem­bers, the Ac­tive Transportation Program (ATP) pro­vides fed­eral and state grant funds to cities and coun­ties through­out Cal­i­for­nia to en­cour­age and pro­mote bik­ing and walk­ing. Un­der the next round of fund­ing, the state is pre­pared to award a to­tal of $230 mil­lion.

Staff mem­ber Kath­leen Cleek said the city is pre­par­ing to sub­mit three ap­pli­ca­tions. El­i­gi­ble projects must en­cour­age and pro­mote the “ac­tive transportation” el­e­ments of bik­ing and walk­ing and can in­volve in­fra­struc­ture el­e­ments such as curb ramps, side­walks, bike lanes, or other el­e­ments like ed­u­ca­tion, en­force­ment and plan­ning, she said.

Three Projects Planned

The first ap­pli­ca­tion will be for bike and pedes­trian lanes on Roselle Av­enue, con­nect­ing Craw­ford Road in South River­bank with Syl­van Av­enue in North Modesto. The project will be sub­mit­ted jointly with Stanis­laus County and the City of Modesto and al­low stu­dents a safe path to and from Enochs High School. Also, it will pro­vide walk­ing/bik­ing ac­cess to such fa­cil­i­ties as Bel Passi Ball­park and Mary Gro­gan Com­mu­nity Park.

The sec­ond project will al­low the city to hire a con­sul­tant to study the con­nec­tiv­ity within the city and help de­velop an Ac­tive Transportation Plan which would in­clude more Safe Routes to Schools, in­clud­ing more bi­cy­cle lanes, bet­ter side­walks and paths, and pro­vide a sys­tem to pri­or­i­tize im­prove­ment ar­eas around the city.

The third item is a pro­posed Pat­ter­son Road Bike and Pedes­trian Side­walk Project. Ac­cord­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion, this project will in­clude in­stal­la­tion of side­walks on the north side of Pat­ter­son Road from First Street to Claus Road. Staff says this project would in­clude side­walk con­nec­tiv­ity along Pat­ter- son Road to the Third and Eighth Street bus stops and to River­bank High School.

Ci­ti­zen Sup­port

In ad­di­tion to sign­ing the pe­ti­tion at the meet­ing, cit­i­zens can mail a let­ter of sup­port to the committee, ac­cord­ing to Cleek.

Her ad­dress is: City of River­bank, De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices Depart­ment, Attn: Kath­leen Cleek, 6707 Third Street, River­bank CA, 95367.

She said com­ments can be e-mailed to kcleek@river­bank.org, in­clud­ing ‘ATP Cy­cle 3’ in the sub­ject line.

Cleek said she could an­swer ques­tions at 209-8637120.

She said depart­ment staff mem­bers are plan­ning on be­ing avail­able at the May 25 Farm­ers Mar­ket at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Park, 3600 Santa Fe St., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., to an­swer any ques­tions and of­fer in­for­ma­tion.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

Au­di­ence mem­bers sign pe­ti­tions to re­quest grant fund­ing on their way out of a pre­sen­ta­tion by the City of River­bank on three pro­posed projects to im­prove bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian ac­cess in com­ing years. This one was at Car­dozo Mid­dle School.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

City De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices staffer Kath­leen Cleek de­liv­ers a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion at Car­dozo Mid­dle School for mem­bers of the pub­lic on Thurs­day, May 19. She ex­plained the de­tails of three pro­posed bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian projects for the next few years in River­bank.

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