The Bucks County Commissioners approved moving forward on the bicycle master plan at their first meeting of the year Wednesday morning.
The bicycle master plan has been four years in the making and the bicycle task force is finally ready to begin moving forward with action within the various municipalities in the county.
The plan defines various on- and off-road facilities for biking and will provide a link between local bike sheds throughout the county. According to the bicycle task force, the plan identifies three priority spines to link the entire county; Woodbourne to Levittown Parkway, Doylestown to New Hope via Route 202, and the Quakertown Trail.
The focus of the master plan is to connect residential areas with commercial and business districts, as well as recreational facilities. The bicycle task force would also like to establish local bike sheds in various municipalities in the county.
The task force is also exploring the feasibility of creating an education program for bicycle safety for bicyclists and drivers, as well as encouraging safe on- and off-road riding. The task force hopes to ultimately create an environment where it is common for bicyclists and motorists to share the road.
“I’m excited about this and supporting this,” commented commission Chairman Robert Loughery. “I think it will be a great asset to our community."
After getting approval from the board of commissioners Wednesday, the next step for the bicycle task force is to begin getting toolboxes out to each township and municipality for local riders to utilize.