This month the project team has placed a strong focus on the Bicycle Mobility Plan. Recent efforts include preparing for the upcoming statewide data collection program and finalizing an Interactive Bicycle Mapping tool that allows the public to share their thoughts on opportunities and challenges to cycling in Rhode Island.
Public outreach and participation continues to be the focus of LRTP efforts over the past month. The project team has been planning for a busy September. During the month of September the project team will meet with municipal representatives from across the state, leadership from key state agencies, the Governor’s office, and round out the road show with our first public workshop series. The theme of this workshop series is Discovery, we are looking for everyone’s input on the current state of our transportation network including challenges and opportunities for improvement.
Come out to talk to the project team at any one of three Discovery Public Workshops across the state: Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, Pawtucket on September 21st; Narragansett Town Hall on September 25th; Burnside Building, Bristol on September 28th. Hope to see you soon!
Over the past month the project team drafted the project Public Participation Plan. This plan documents the steps that will be taken to ensure that the public and transportation stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in the development of the LRTP and contribute observations, concerns, and knowledge. Once finalized the Public Participation Plan will be available to download on the Documents Page.
During the month of July the Rhode Island Moving Forward project adopted a project logo and launched a refreshed website, a facebook account, and a twitter account. All of these steps have been taken to help the public identify the project and provide various outlets for discussion.
On June 8th the project team met for the first time with the State Planning Council. This 26-member group will review the planning process for the LRTP and the BMP, decide whether to approve the final plan and oversee Statewide Planning’s implementation.
In the last month, the Project Team focused on the data that each agency contributes to this project, and how those resources can be used to build a strong foundation for the project moving forward. These discussions have resulted in the formation of a Data Team focused on information-sharing across agencies and modelling transportation operations.
Launched the www.PlanRI.com website. This website will be a hub for information on the Long-Range Transportation Plan and Bicycle Mobility Plan progress. Visit the project here for updates and events!
Project meetings were held to introduce the project to key stakeholders and begin the engagement process. By engaging stakeholders early in the planning process and maintaining open communication moving forward the project team hopes to develop a plan that all agencies can adopt moving forward.
The project Launch Event took place on April 21, at the PAFF Auditorium, at URI Providence Campus. This well-attended event was a great opportunity to start a dialogue about transportation in Rhode Island across modes, communities, and user groups. See the presentation slides.
The project team made its first presentation to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Long-Range Transportation Plan. This committee is made up of local officials, state agencies, organizations representing a variety of transportation interests, citizens from different areas of the state, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The TAC will serve as the LRTP’s main steering committee overseeing the planning process. The TAC was established by the State Planning Council in 1994 to advise on transportation planning.