Longview, Texas – Throughout the fall of 2017, the Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization invited the public to give their input for Walk and Bike Longview, the region’s first bicycle and pedestrian plan. Residents provided feedback through in-person surveys at outreach events and an online survey available on the project website. Citizens may view the survey results and analysis at LongviewTexas.gov/WalkBike.
A total of 1,774 community members participated in the survey to provide suggestions and identify challenges for walking and biking in the greater Longview area. Participants had an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a bicycle, which was awarded to Mr. Wesley Wells, who chose to donate his bicycle to a child during the holiday season.
Overall, the survey found that many residents who walk, run, or bike for exercise or recreation purposes, would do so more often with a greater network of paved trails and a buffer that separates them from traffic. Respondents who currently walk for transportation purposes would walk more if infrastructure was improved and areas are made to feel safer from crime.
“Community input is vital to the success of this project, and the high volume of survey participants has provided us with insights about problem areas and opportunities to help shape this plan.” said Karen Owen, Transportation Planning Manager for the Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization. “Our team is working to address the needs of our community within this plan to encourage more walking and biking.”
Walk and Bike Longview will recommend ways to improve the safety, accessibility, and mobility of people biking and walking. The planning area for this project includes the cities of Longview, Lakeport, White Oak, Clarksville City, Warren City, Gladewater, Union Grove, and East Mountain. The plan will propose a comprehensive network of trails, sidewalks and bikeways, recommend public policies, and a prioritized list of projects to make it happen.
The Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a public meeting in the upcoming months to present the draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan’s recommendations and receive feedback. Community members may learn more by visiting LongviewTexas.gov/WalkBike, emailing MPO@longviewtexas.gov, or by calling 903-237-1062.