Phoenix Creates 'Complete Streets' Board, Stalls Bicycle Master Plan

By Nick Blumberg
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:27pm
Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 9:18am

The Phoenix City Council has created an advisory board that will offer suggestions on how to make its streets more friendly for a variety of uses. But while that plan is moving forward, another project to improve bike safety and ridership levels is stalled.

Wednesday, the council approved the creation of a Complete Streets Advisory Board on a 7-1 vote. Complete Streets is a recently adopted policy that calls for Phoenix to focus on improving its streets not just for cars, but also for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The advisory board will be made up of representatives from eight city departments as well as community members representing interests including seniors, people with disabilities, and those who use public transit.

In the meantime, Phoenix’s proposed Bicycle Master Plan won’t be moving forward anytime soon. The plan is a 20-year vision for improving biking in Phoenix that aims to create a city where you can ride a bike anywhere by making things safer and making sure there are more and better-connected bike lanes.

But the plan was tabled by a city subcommittee and there’s no word yet when it might move forward.

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