Monticello asks residents' input on bike plan

Monticello asks residents' input on bike plan

MONTICELLO — Area residents are being asked to be "planner for a day" when it comes to drafting a city bicycle network master plan.

Design meetings to net public input for the plan will be held at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on May 29 in the Livingston Center, 224 E. Livingston St.

"Basically, this is a public meeting for anybody interested in the future of Monticello's bicycle network system," said Director of Community Development Callie McFarland. "Whether you bike, whether your kids bike — or even if you don't do any of that but have an interest — you can participate."

McFarland said responses so far have included a call for bicycle racks downtown, for the two main trails in town to be connected, and to come up with a safe route for children to bicycle to school.

At the design meeting, consultant Jeff Martin of the Farnsworth Group will give a brief presentation, then participants will be able to mark their preferences for bike paths on maps. The Farnsworth Group was hired in March to draft a bicycle network plan, which should be complete by the end of the year.

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