Bike/Ped plan and bikeshare study seeks community feedback

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Interactive map, survey, and public input meetings announced for Natchitoches Bike/Ped and Bikeshare Plan

The Rapides Area Planning Commission and Bantam Strategy Group were hired several months ago to create a city-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and to study the feasibility and implementation of a bikeshare system serving Natchitoches and Northwestern University. Community feedback is imperative to this planning process and study so there are several ways to provide your input.  RAPC and Bantam Strategy Group are working through a process which includes several layers of quantitative and qualitative factors to determine the feasibility of a regional bikeshare system. Gathering input from local citizens is part of this effort.  Citizens are encouraged to check out the interactive map at www.natchitochesbikeshare.com/community-input and place markers and notes regarding desired locations for potential bikeshare stations.

They may also provide additional input using the online survey provided on the website. Additionally, public outreach meetings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 at two locations.

• Northwestern State University for students and faculty from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby

• Public General Meeting for citizens of Natchitoches from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Natchitoches Municipal Building, 560 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457

“The feedback from the residents of Natchitoches is an integral part of the bike/ped and bikeshare evaluation and we’d ideally like to capture voices from the citizens and students at-large,” said Lindsey G. West, President and CEO of Bantam Strategy Group.

“Valuable input is collected using the interactive map, online survey and during the public meetings, the results of this information will be used and recorded in the final plans for this area.”  This study was made possible by a collaborative partnership between the City of Natchitoches, Northwestern State University, and Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).

To learn more visit www.natchitochesbikeshare.com and follow the Natchitoches Bikeshare Facebook page @natchitochesbikeshare.