The City of Eau Claire adopted a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan on March 23, 2010 recognizing the need for an increased awareness in pedestrian and bicyclist's needs in the community. The objective of the plan is to set forth the framework for examining the current pedestrian and bicycle environment in the community and outlining public and private initiatives over the next 20 or more years to improve and promote walking and bicycling in Eau Claire.
The importance of bicycling and walking was emphasized in the City's 2005 Comprehensive Plan where the Plan recommended the creation of the Eau Claire Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) and the development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. With the creation of BPAC in 2006, and input from various groups and agencies, work began on the plan with assistance from City staff.
In the development of this plan, BPAC has been cognizant of the diverse nature of user populations within the community as people walk and use bicycles for a variety of reasons, including recreation, transportation, personal health, concern for the environment, and the increasing costs of operating a motor vehicle. In addition, the Commission has been aware of the need to accommodate various age levels, skill levels, and those with disabilities. Walking and biking should no longer be considered as alternative modes of travel, rather an essential component of the City's multimodal transportation system and a means to reduce reliance on motorized vehicles.
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update: 2017-2018
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is now in the process of updating the 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. BPAC has received community input during the summer and fall of 2018. The hope is to have a draft prepared for review by January 1, 2018.