Truesdale adermen approved an active transportation plan that focuses on adding and improving sidewalks, bike paths, and crosswalks in the Missouri city.
Truesdale aldermen approved the city’s Active Transportation Plan during its Sept. 27 meeting.
The plan details upgrades to sidewalks and other infrastructure to help make the city more walkable for residents.
Truesdale’s plan is part of the active transportation infrastructure investment program which establishes competitive connectivity grants that strategically invest in projects that help accelerate local and regional plans to create safe and convenient routes to everyday destinations, according to the website mobikefed.org.
Active transportation is defined as “any self-propelled, human mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling,” according to the plan. It also states that “active transportation is a way to get people more active in their community, and in return can create a boost to the economy, make places more accessible, benefit the community’s physical health and so much more.”
The goal of the plan is to assist the community in getting active, improving physical health, and engaging in recreational opportunities.
The plan identifies adding new sections of sidewalk:
The plan also details the addition of crosswalks and bike lanes along Spoede Road and Highway M.
The plan indicates that it could take “anywhere from one year to decades to complete” as it is dependent on “political will, funding, and other factors.”
The plan was paid for using a 2023 Community Active Transportation Planning grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The plan was prepared by the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission and used results from an online survey that asked residents about their experiences walking and biking in the community.
The city has not yet approved any money for these projects as the goal is to acquire grants to help pay for them, City Clerk Elsa Smith-Fernandez confirmed.
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