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Freedom to move about the city
by Jessica Carner
Sep 19, 2011 | 1427 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A local cyclist took advantage of a beautiful fall morning in the Truckee Meadows by enjoying a ride along the bike path on Victorian Avenue Sunday.
Tribune/John Byrne A local cyclist took advantage of a beautiful fall morning in the Truckee Meadows by enjoying a ride along the bike path on Victorian Avenue Sunday.
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RENO — The board of trustees of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) on Friday approved a plan to improve sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections in the Reno-Sparks area.

Trustees gave the nod of approval to the design manual, Americans with Disabilities Act Right-of-Way Transition Plan and pedestrian safety action plan drafts for the Reno-Sparks Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan.

The plan is the area’s first bicycle/pedestrian master plan. It was created with the goal of building an integrated system of safe, convenient and comfortable paths and sidewalks to allow cyclists, pedestrians and citizens with disabilities to move freely about the city.

Documents included in the master plan outline goals and policies, the public outreach process and recommendations from consulting firm Fehr and Peers.

According to Amy Cummings, RTC director of planning, Fehr and Peers analyzed close to 200 miles of sidewalk in Washoe County to identify problem areas. The firm looked for obstructions in sidewalks and areas where curb ramp slopes needed to be fixed.

Fehr and Peers also held a number of public meetings to gather input from citizens on which areas need the most improvement. Katy Cole, a Fehr and Peers associate, told the Sparks Tribune in June that she was not surprised members of the public identified problem areas on Virginia Street, Sun Valley Boulevard and Prater Way as places that need improvements to meet ADA standards.

The consulting firm has listed projects on Sierra and Virginia streets in Reno and on Fourth Street in Sparks as high priority projects, which Cummings said will be started first.

Improvement projects also are planned for Mount Rose Street, Mill Street, Forest Street, Sparks Boulevard, Victorian Avenue, Lake Street, Taylor Street, Moran Street, Kings Row, Carat Drive and Stoker Avenue. Regionwide, 100 bicycle racks will be installed at various locations.

Reno-Sparks Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan projects are being funded with RTC-5 money.

In 2008, RTC-5 was implemented to allow the RTC to obtain necessary additional funding for transportation projects by indexing fuel tax rates according to changes in the producer price index, rather than the consumer price index.

The approval of the master plan by the board allows RTC to now move into the design phase of specific projects contained within the plan.
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