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Mesa seeking ideas to improve city’s cycling culture

Mesa Vice Mayor David Luna bikes along the Rio Salado Pathway, a new shared-use pathway along the Salt River bank for walking, running and bicycling. (City of Mesa)

Mesa’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, part of the Transportation Department, is seeking community input on the cycling culture in the community. The annual survey is written to collect data on who is biking in Mesa; what motivates them to ride; their concerns as cyclists and types of programming they look towards the city to provide to riders.

The survey is now open through July 31 and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MesaBikePedSurvey2017. Survey participants will also be entered to a random drawing for Mesa Downtown Dollar gift cards, redeemable at more than 40 downtown Mesa businesses.

“The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program relies on the community’s input via the survey to help guide us in updating the city of Mesa Bicycle Master Plan as well as creating meaningful classes and events for residents to partake in to learn more about safely biking and cycling in Mesa,” Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Jim Hash said.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program relies on survey results to improve planned projects, construct new amenities on existing infrastructure, and improve and provide new services to Mesa residents. For example, projects such as Porter Park Pathway, and the Fiesta District Shared Used Pathway, had their design modified and improved based on residents’ input, such as increasing the number of nodes and shade structures. Public input also prompted the installation of new amenities on existing facilities, such as lighting on pre-existing bike paths.

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