With the sunny weather coming to an end, a cyclist's minds naturally turns to advocacy. Maybe not all cyclists, but advocacy work is definitely heating up for Fall.
The feasibility study for the proposed Kitsap Lake to Jarstad Park multi-use paved trail is in the final draft form. It is looking like it could be built to required standards for around $3million. That averages around $1million per mile, which is a pretty typical price tag for a paved trail. Since the proposed trail provides safe connections between communities as well as recreation opportunities, it would likely qualify for grants. The trail passes through some lovely forest, crosses a stream, passes two lakes and delivers non motorized folks from Kitsap Lake to Gorst without having to fight car traffic. It would also be a great resource for family fitness and outdoor education.
Kitsap Public Works has been sponsoring the Silverdale TIS (Transportation Implementation Strategy) study for most of the last year. Kitsap has hired Parametrix to study traffic patterns and come up with an overall strategy for improving traffic around town. The study will identify the highest priority improvements, and give cost estimates. Safer movement for pedestrians and cyclists are a major consideration for any road improvements. HERE is the county's website for the study. An open house is to be scheduled in late October, where the latest ideas will be shared and suggestions gathered.
West Sound Cycling Club has been working with City of Bremerton to improve cycling conditions in the city. Bremerton is currently applying for a $1.3 million PSRC grant to create safe shoulders on Kitsap Way, all the way to 6th Street. Some of the road will need to be widened and re-striped. This currently scary section of roadway would give a much safer recreation and commuter route from downtown Bremerton, all the way to Silverdale. Go WSCC!
The Kitsap Forest and Bay Projects recently announced that they've raised $3.2million to purchase a huge piece of Port Gamble from Olympic Property Group. The purchase preserves the forest land for non motorized recreation use. There are plans in Port Gamble for a mountain bike park, featuring jumps and obstacles. Port Gamble is also the location for a proposed section of the STO (Sound to Olympics) trail. The proposed paved trail would provide a safer bicycle connection to the Hood Canal Bridge. It would also create easier access to the outdoors for hikers, runners and family fitness.
EMBA (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance) recently finished the Poulsbo Pump Track. EMBA worked with City of Poulsbo to create the track which builds cornering and jumping skills for mountain bike and BMX riders. Nice work! Grand opening will occur on October 28th!
Kitsap County Parks is currently working on their 6-year PROS plan, a guiding document for park strategy for the near future. They are running open houses for public input this month. One of the most important ideas they're considering is whether to have user-specific trails in Kitsap Parks. An example of a user-specific trail would be a trail specifically designed for mountain biking, only open to mountain bikes. If that sounds appealing to you, go to one of the open houses and voice your opinion. The open house schedule:
UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS
- Tuesday, October 3rd - 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Eagle's Nest Community Room - 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton
- Tuesday, October 10th 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Commissioners' Chambers at the County Administration Building - 619 Division St, Port Orchard
- Tuesday, October 17th - 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Island Lake Community Room - 1087 NW Island Lake Rd, Poulsbo