BPEC recently provided input on a Walk Friendly Community Assessment for Fort Collins. Specifically, members shared knowledge and obtained information for the Education and Encouragement section of the assessment, looking at existing programs, projects and policies in our community and how they facilitate walking as a mode of transportation and recreation. Fort Collins has some fabulous programs and amenities – everything from Safe Routes to School to First Friday Art Walk, safety trainings or trail counts; the diverse approach to encouraging pedestrianship is what makes this community such a great place to live, work, learn and play.
We are on the edge of our seats waiting to hear news of our designation but, more importantly, their suggestions for how we can continue to make improvements to make Fort Collins even more pedestrian friendly. We plan to leverage those opportunities to engage the community and guide the pedestrian efforts for BPEC.
In the meantime, the City has a budget offer on the table for an FC Walks Coordinator (similar to the FC Bikes Coordinator, but dedicated to pedestrian safety and education including Safe Routes to School.) There will be another opportunity for public input on the budget in the next couple of months, so keep your ears peeled and consider advocating for these programs for their importance to our health, our environment and our community. Find out more at www.fcgov.com/budget .