Feedback sought for Santa Clarita Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

The city of Santa Clarita is encouraging the public to share feedback on how to improve mobility citywide via a new survey. File Photo

The city of Santa Clarita is conducting a survey aimed at improving mobility across the area and feedback from the public is sought.

The 20-question survey, dubbed the “Santa Clarita Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Survey,” aims to “develop a clear vision for the future design and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, paseos and trails within the city,” said a news release issued by the city Wednesday.

The short survey, which is also provided in Spanish, is available by visiting bikesantaclarita.com, and will remain open until July. Some of the questions participants can expect to answer include what one thinks is the biggest local transportation issue, areas where the city could improve mobility and what would help one use a car less.

“We’re asking everyone in our community to share their thoughts on what we can do to improve mobility in Santa Clarita,” Tom Reilly, the city’s trails and bikeways planning administrator, stated in the city’s release. “As a city, we’ve already made some great strides to provide more accessible bikeways, trails and paseos, but the survey will allow us to get direct feedback from residents on what it would take to motivate them to bike or walk instead of taking a car.”

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan focuses on overall mobility improvements, such as increasing the number of facilities and trail connections, that will motivate more Santa Claritans to get to their destinations via bikes, public transportation or by foot, Reilly said in the release.

The plan was originally known as the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, Mayor Marsha McLean said during a meeting with members of the press Wednesday. She said one of the things the city is concerned about is the recent spike in pedestrian-vs.-car-related collisions and the goal is to “make people aware that they need to look before they cross or drive and keep their heads up.”

Improvements under the master plan will be funded through Measure M, the countywide sales tax measure that passed in 2016 to fund major transit projects, said McLean.

For more information on the survey, contact Reilly at 661-255-4394 or by email at [email protected].

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Tammy Murga

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