March Advocacy Update

ON THE ROAD BIKE SIDE:

Lots happening this month.  First, this Thursday, March 9, the Puget Sound Regional Council is holding a bike route charette in Bremerton.  Here's the info:

Kitsap County

Thu, March 9

2:30-4:00 p.m.

60 Washington Ave., Suite 200, Bremerton, 98337

PSRC is updating data related to bicycling in the Puget Sound region. This update includes two major components:

1. Update of the  Regional Bicycle Network, which is a future, aspirational network. 

2. Completed Bike Facilities Data Set, which includes existing bike lanes, protected bike lanes, neighborhood greenways and shared use paths.

The Regional Bicycle Network, which is part of the Active Transportation Plan adopted in 2014, is an aspirational network comprised of existing facilities, locally planned routes and other linkages that highlight important connections to regional destinations. Once built, this network will allow people to access regional destinations safely by bicycle. Read more about the network and update process.

Second,  Kitsap Public Works is currently hosting a traffic study in Silverdale, expected to be complete in August.  Aside from the obvious need for better car traffic solutions, the study will also focus on non-motorized transportation around Silverdale.  With the major hospital expansion under way already,  a lot of traffic problems will need to be solved very quickly.  Luckily, the 2036 Kitsap Comp Plan strongly encourages biking and walking routes, so they will be part of the eventual solution.

Third, the feasibility study for a paved, 10 foot wide path between Kitsap Lake and Jarstad Park is nearly complete.  Assuming that some problems with elevation gain and collaboration with the Navy railroad can be worked out,  the funding phase should be next.  Stay tuned for details.

Fourth, Bike Everywhere Month is coming in May, including the Bike Everywhere Challenge.  Info HERE

Fifth, discussions have started about forming a Kitsap Trails Association, with the intention of local entities and user groups sharing plans and working together to improve active transportation opportunities in Kitsap.  This has worked wonders in North Kitsap, and we hope to borrow some strategies for the rest of Kitsap.

ON THE MOUNTAIN BIKE SIDE:

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - West Sound has been working with the Evergreen Turtle Rockets trail running group to accomplish over 100 hours of volunteer work aboard Green Mountain since mid-January!  It's been a great partnership!

The first Poulsbo Pump Track work party of the year jumped off on February 20th, with tons of the initial clearing work being completed.  EMBA's completion date is slated for no later than 31 May this year, so get out there the last Saturday of each month and lend a hand so we can get this done!

Kitsap Forest and Bay Project's efforts are going extremely well.  More acreage is being saved everyday - but the deadline is coming up quick!  Make sure you head to the Project's webpage to find out what you can do to save the trails!  There are also plenty of opportunities to give back to the trails in sweat equity, as well - hop on one of the many work parties being hosted monthly in Port Gamble.  Link up with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - West Sound's Facebook page for all the info!

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for the Evergreen West Sound General Membership meeting to be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 22nd at All Star Lanes in Silverdale!  Meet the members of the board, get up to speed on all the projects, and find out how you can get directly involved!