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High Country Bike Plan hosts public input meetings

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Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 8, 2012
High Country Bike Plan hosts public input meetings

High Country Council of Governments is developing a bike plan for Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties.

The plan is intended to improve safety, access and mobility for cyclists by developing a network of designated routes that connect municipalities and other major destinations in the region.

The plan will identify needed improvements to existing roadways, prioritize the improvements and develop a signage plan to mark the identified routes.

A steering committee and HCCOG staff have been working on the Regional Bike Plan since January.

Work on the bike plan to date has included development of goals and objectives for the project, gathering public input through an online survey and evaluation of existing roadway conditions.

Five public workshops have been scheduled to gather input on the bike plan. At the meetings, participants can view maps of the region depicting traffic, crashes, truck routes, future roadway plans and current organized bike rides and races. Participants can also provide input on where new bike facilities are needed and what type of improvement is desired.

The five workshops will be identical and follow a drop-in format from 4 to 6 p.m. HCCOG staff will be available to answer questions and provide additional information on the bike plan.
The workshops will be held on the following dates:

• Monday, July 30 – Wilkesboro Civic Center, 1241 School St., Wilkesboro
• Tuesday July 31 – Mayland Community College, 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine
• Wednesday, Aug. 1 – Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main St., Burnsville
• Monday, Aug. 6 – Ashe County Library, 148 Library Drive, West Jefferson
• Tuesday, Aug. 7 – High Country COG, 468 New Market Blvd., Boone

For more information on the bike plan, contact Phillip Trew at (828) 265-5434, extension 121, or (

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