In June 2003, Ashwaubenon held a Walkable Community Workshop. By January 2004, the Village President appointed a citizen committee with seven members to help improve Ashwaubenon.s walking and bicycling environment. Known as the Ashwaubenon Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee, the group meets monthly to work on projects that will improve the physical environment, as well as educate Village residents on how pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists can share the road. Consulting members hail from the health, school and public safety sectors.
Among the committee.s first actions was to list physical improvements they.d like to see, which were prioritized on a .to do. list with time and importance ratings. The committee is steadily working to move projects.such as new sidewalks, crosswalks and other street improvements.from the .to do. list to the .done. list.
The committee also reviews new construction projects in the Village, making suggestions on how to make places more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. In response to committee input, several miles of sidewalk have been added to projects, and crosswalks and street traffic flow have been improved.
Recently, the committee has begun working with the Village, school district, the state department of transportation to design, fund and build two pedestrian and bicycle bridges to help reconnect Village neighborhoods that were bisected by interstate highways 30 years ago. The committee has also spearheaded several education and outreach initiatives, such as co-sponsoring a .bicycle rodeo. for students, hiring a traffic safety enforcement officer, broadcasting pedestrian and bicycling information on a local cable channel, and giving away flashing lights for pedestrians and cyclists.
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