Aug 10, 2023 - Transit

Bentonville Moves focuses on awareness

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Bentonville Moves, a coalition formed by the community to engage the public with the city's master bike and pedestrian plan, now has some formal guidelines for how to do that.

Driving the news: The group recently released survey results indicating that the vast majority of residents support the city's transportation infrastructure plans.

Yes, but: Most respondents did not realize the city had adopted the 216-page master plan in 2021, so the coalition wants to help communicate that to the public, its manager, Jessica Pearson, told Axios.

  • Road closures and development projects in the area are "part of a broader plan, and they're not one-off and reactive. They're proactive," she said. "Together, they're going to create a more connected and safer community for all types of users of our streets."

What they found: The group recommended that public messaging include stressing the additional sidewalks, protected bike lanes and greenways.

  • "Good infrastructure doesn't leave bike riders, drivers or pedestrians to navigate incomplete connections that force everyone into unsafe and confusing situations," the survey's summary reads.
  • While the coalition and the plan support safe infrastructure for "active transportation" like walking or biking, the goal is not to discourage people who usually drive from driving, Pearson said.

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