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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Big Turnout For Non-Motorized Plan Meeting

KMPO yesterday hosted a formational meeting of a non-motorized advisory group. This group will serve in an advisory capacity to the KMPO, providing recommendations on the development of a county-wide Non-Motorized Transportation Plan.

We were very impressed with the group that showed up! 38 people attended, from all different agencies and groups. We had everything from bike shop owners to government officials show up, as well as members of Idaho Smart Growth, school district employees, Safe Routes To Schools representatives, everyday citizens, a member of the media, and lots more.

The group had some great ideas too. I have been to a lot of these kinds of meetings, and usually you hear a lot of the same stuff over and over again. But this group had some very original ideas on what they would like to see included in a Non-Motorized Plan, what they would like the long-term outcome of the plan to be, what they perceive to be potential barriers to creating a great non-motorized transportation system, and what are some of the opportunities/resources already out there that we need to take advantage of.

This group will meet several times throughout the development of the plan, and will provide feedback through email in between. The next step in the development process is a public survey to help determine bike and pedestrian needs in Kootenai County. That will be coming out soon, so keep your eyes open for that.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.