Wyoming Bicycle and Pedestrian System Task Force Update

Following the legislative success last year of the passage of the Bicycle and Pedestrian System Task Force Act, efforts have been underway to create a Legislative Report on the “benefits and opportunities” of bicycle and pedestrian pathways and natural surface trails for Wyoming communities.

To oversee the report preparation, Governor Matt Mead appointed a Task Force of 13 people, which includes Wyoming Pathways Executive Director Tim Young and senior staff at the Wyoming Department of Health, WYDOT, State Parks, Wyoming Business Council, Travel and Tourism, and leading community pathway advocates from around the state. The Task Force has been meeting regularly to develop the report being prepared for the legislature, state agencies, and Governor Mead.

To assist in the report preparation, the Task Force raised $50,000 in state and private funding and contracted with Alta Planning + Design to help draft the Final Report due to the legislature October 1, 2017. Alta was selected based on their qualifications and experience on similar state bicycle and pedestrian plans, which included health and economic benefits of active travel and recreation systems.

Work is actively underway on the report preparation. There are five sub-committees assisting Alta Planning with information about Wyoming communities and public lands.

Recently Tim Young met with the Chairs of the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee to discus the Report. Representative Jim Allen and Senator Fred Emerich would like the Task Force to prepare a presentation for the committee at the August meeting in Lander. Input of the TRW Committee on the draft Report will be helpful in preparation of the Final. Should new legislation have merit, the committee may elect to start that process.

The current state of the Report and background materials can be found here: http://wyomingbusiness.org/bicycle.