Spokane leaders look for feedback to improve bike routes




Posted on May 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 11:25 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The City of Spokane was hosting its annual Bike to Work Week in the second week of May. City officials asked for feedback in 2014 on Spokane’s bicycle infrastructure. They hoped to update the city’s transportation plan.

Bethany Bennett said she rides her bike three miles to work, three times week. She also said she rides to school and all around Spokane. She said she even rides her bike while pulling her son in a child carrier.

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“It's just beautiful.  I think the awareness of drivers could improve for bikes, they could give a little more room if they see a cyclist on the side of the road, but it's a beautiful city to ride in,” said Bennett.

City engineers were looking for feedback similar to Bennett’s as it worked on the next steps to develop Spokane’s bike network.

“We’ve got people that like to ride and we want to give them the best experience we can give them,” said Spokane Capitol Program Senior Engineer Brandon Blankenagel.

Blankenagel began giving a 100-mile bike tour on six designated bike routes throughout Spokane on Monday.

“This effort is entirely to find out the quality of service that we are providing for our citizens, is it what we should be providing and if it's not, we'll adjust to build the rest of the network,” said Blankenagel.

Riders acknowledged there was room for improvement. They said they would especially like to see more bike lanes.

The City posted an internet survey asking where riders feel comfortable and where they do not.

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