Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Meetings Need Your Input

We received this note from the Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Committee the other day.Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 11.20.28 AM

Good afternoon.  Here’s a quick look at upcoming Bicycle Master Plan events.

Bicycle Master Plan Outreach Booth – Sunday, October 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 am –  Back Bay Drive.  This event will be similar to the small booth set up at the Newport Pier to solicit public input on cycling within Newport Beach.  This is not a Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee meeting.

Bicycle Master Plan Community Open House – Monday, November 4 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm – Friends Room, Central Library.  This event will be an advertised event that provides a “workshop” setting for the public to learn about the BMP project and to solicit input on cycling within Newport Beach.  This is not a Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee meeting.

Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee meeting – Monday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. – Community Room, Civic Center.  This is the next official Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee meeting.  More information will come at a later date.

NOTE:  The meeting/event discussed for November 2 has been cancelled.

We welcome you to join us at any or all of these events to further discuss cycling within Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan

As Newport Beach works to expand the already fantastic facilities already in place, you can be a part of each and every step along the way.  You can attend meetings, participate in surveys, and send letters.  Where you really feel passionately about some aspect of the planning, you could even organize additional folks to make many voices heard in an effort to create the best possible results for the cycling community.

According to the Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Website:

Newport Beach is a great place to ride a bicycle. The weather is mild and our bikeways offer some of the most beautiful views in Orange County. So why aren’t more residents riding bikes for recreation and for everyday trips? We know there are lots of factors that go into a person’s decision to ride. The Bicycle Master Plan will be used as a guide for how we can make bicycle rides better in Newport Beach, and encourage more people to enjoy biking—whether you’re out for a cruise along the beach or the Back Bay, climbing the hills of Newport Coast, using a bike for your everyday trips, or biking to work.

GET INVOLVED!

  • Take our survey to help us understand the needs of people who bike (or want to bike) in Newport Beach, click here to begin the survey.
  • Notices for upcoming community workshops will be posted on this web page.
  • Sign up for email updates about the Bicycle Master Plan and opportunities to participate by emailing bsommers@newportbeachca.gov. (Note: We apologize, but the earlier email sign up form was not capturing data.  Please sign up again to be added to the contact list.)

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

  • Check back often for more bicycle workshops and events.
  • The first community event took place on Saturday, August 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Newport Pier plaza that was staffed by the project team for the public to learn more about the planning process.

PLANNING PROCESS

The City of Newport Beach wishes to further promote cycling and increase awareness through modern bicycle facility improvements, education, outreach, and the creation of an extensive bicycle network.

Development of the Bicycle Master Plan is guided by a Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee appointed by the City Council. All meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend. Some of these meetings will be interactive workshops where community members can provide input through activities and discussions. See the Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee web page for the committee meeting agendas and minutes and for the scheduled workshops and outreach programs.

An initial public workshop is planned in fall 2013, followed by another workshop in the spring of 2014 when the public will be able to provide input on concepts for the plan. The draft Bicycle Master Plan is anticipated to be ready for public review in summer/fall 2014, when a third public workshop will be held.

Please sign up to receive email updates to be notified of upcoming workshops, which will be advertised on this web page. The project team is also seeking public input through an online survey and community outreach booths.

The anticipated project schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

DOCUMENTS

Documents and other project information will be posted here as the project progresses.

MORE INFORMATION

If you have further questions or comments about the Bicycle Master Plan, please contact:
Brad Sommers, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Department
949-644-3326 or bsommers@newportbeachca.gov

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