Saturday, November 17, 2018

Siskiyou Velo

Southern Oregon's Premier Cycling Club

Planning the Future of Bicycling in Medford

by Harlan Bittner on Nov, 7 2018

The Medford Mail Tribune published a guest editorial titled “Planning the Future of Bicycling in Medford” on October 28.

The Medford Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update for 2018 to 2038 was approved by the Medford City Council on Nov 1 by a vote of 5 to 3.  As discussed in the guest editorial, Siskiyou Velo has advocated over the last year for Medford to explicitly include standards for safe and convenient bicycle facilities for people of all ages and abilities in the TSP Update.

Though we were unsuccessful in convincing the City to include those standards explicitly, the Update does include references to those standards as well as examples of street cross sections with separated bike lanes, among the safest cycling facilities available.  During the question and answer period following Siskiyou Velo’s oral testimony, one City Councilor encouraged Siskiyou Velo to continue working with the City for safer and more convenient bicycle facilities.  Another Councilor who voted against adoption of the TSP Update gave, as one of the reasons for her no vote, the need for a more extensive bicycle and pedestrian network in her Ward.

We will continue to advocate for a safer and more convenient bicycle network in Medford and the entire Rogue Valley.

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