Natchitches— The Rapides Area Planning Commission and Bantam Strategy Group were hired several months ago to create a city-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and to study the feasibility and implementation of a bikeshare system serving Natchitoches and Northwestern University. Community feedback is imperative to this planning process and study so there are several ways to provide your input.
RAPC and Bantam Strategy Group are working through a process which includes several layers of quantitative and qualitative factors to determine the feasibility of a regional bikeshare system. Gathering input from local citizens is part of this effort. Citizens are encouraged to check out the interactive map at http://www.natchitochesbikeshare.com/community-input and place markers and notes regarding desired locations for potential bikeshare stations. They may also provide additional input using the online survey provided on the website.
Additionally, public outreach meetings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 at two locations.
Northwestern State University for students and faculty from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby
Public General Meeting for citizens of Natchitoches from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Natchitoches Municipal Building, 560 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457
“The feedback from the residents of Natchitoches is an integral part of the bike/ped and bikeshare evaluation and we’d ideally like to capture voices from the citizens and students at-large,” said Lindsey G. West, President and CEO of Bantam Strategy Group. “Valuable input is collected using the interactive map, online survey and during the public meetings, the results of this information will be used and recorded in the final plans for this area.”
This study was made possible by a collaborative partnership between the City of Natchitoches, Northwestern State University, and Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD).
To learn more visit http://www.natchitochesbikeshare.com and follow the Natchitoches Bikeshare Facebook page @natchitochesbikeshare.
The Rapides Area Planning Commission is a regional organization providing land use planning, development review, technical assistance, geographical information, and other planning and enforcement services for member governments as well as other partnered political subdivisions. RAPC is governed by a board of commissioners, which are appointed by the member jurisdictions. For more information, visit http://www.rapc.info.
About Bantam Strategy Group:
Bantam Strategy Group is the leading turn-key bikeshare consulting and implementation firm for small-medium size cities. Bantam currently consults or operates for 20+ communities and entities to make the bikeshare vision a reality, including several other Louisiana communities. Bantam has representing bikeshare on various national platforms and showcasing cycle-friendly communities. Bantam is a 100% women-owned business and headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. For more information, visit http://www.bantamstrategygroup.com.