St. Charles Parish is currently working to create a Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan to address existing deficiencies and to access further expansion of walking and bicycling infrastructure making the Parish a safer place for these activities.
WHY DEVELOP A PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE MASTER PLAN?
St. Charles Parish aims to become a walkable and bicycle friendly Parish that welcomes pedestrians and bicyclists by providing safe accommodation for walking and bicycling and encouraging people to walk and bicycle for transportation and recreation. Communities with high rates of walking and bicycling for recreation and transportation tend to be healthier, safer, more prosperous, and more environmentally sound.
WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE MASTER PLAN?
A comprehensive plan is a document that is created in a collaboration of citizens, planners and city leaders to guide local government and the citizens in how to develop the community over next twenty years. The comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle master plan is a pro-active and purposeful approach to creating a safer and more convenient place for people to walk and bicycle. The result is a tool that strategically guides future capital investments and policies.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The planners working on the plan first collect data, gather relevant information, talk to town- and community leaders, citizens and businesses owners and hold public meetings with active citizen participation to get a comprehensive picture on the existing conditions, assets and opportunities, as well as challenges and needs of St. Charles Parish. Next step is to analyze collected information and develop a vision and short- and long term goals. Once goals and vision are defined the planners develop recommendations for the implementation of the plan.
BE PART OF IT!
A critical part for the development of a strong comprehensive plan is an active community participation during the planning process. Citizens, community and neighborhood groups are encouraged to take part in public workshops and surveys, follow the process on social media and the website, share their ideas as well as their needs and interact with planners, town leaders and each other. There will be plenty of opportunity during the planning process for the public to engage.