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  • 9 Jun 2021 11:38 AM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop is partnering with Ben Franklin Transit for #BikeTheTri summer ride challenge. They want to see more people on bikes, anywhere, for any amount of time or distance!

    Check their website for lists of suggested rides to try, or make your own route with family and friends.

    Participate in #BikeTheTri to be entered for monthly prize drawings by using the instructions below.

    https://wheelhouse.bike/rides/



  • 7 May 2021 1:24 PM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    On Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6pm, the City of Richland Parks and Recreation Commission will be discussing Trail Speeds and E-Bikes. It is important for our bike community to be part of these important discussions.

    The meeting will take place via Zoom.  You can attend by following the meeting link here:  

    Topic: Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting (SK)

    Time: May 13, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting : https://cityofrichlandwa.zoom.us/j/81410927563

    Meeting ID: 814 1092 7563

    Here is the staff report for the Commission, as prepared by Joe Schiessl, Parks & Public Facilities Director:

    "Over the past year the City of Richland Parks and Recreation Commission has been considering the growing use of electric bicycles and scooters on Richland's streets, sidewalks, paved and unpaved pathways. The Commission is considering a recommendation for maximum speed limits (15 mph) on all paved, shared-use pathways (such as Keene Road Pathway, Riverfront Trail, Bypass Shelterbelt Trail, Urban Greenbelt Trail, Sacagawea Trail, and the Vantage Highway Trail) in addition to additional reduced speed limits (5 mph) along congested portions of paved, shared-use pathways such as in Howard Amon and Leslie Groves Parks. The Commission is also considering the use of electric assist bicycles on unpaved, soft-surface trails in the parks system including WE Johnson Park, Bateman Island, Amon Natural Preserve, Columbia Point South, Yakima Delta, and other locations.

    The State of Washington currently prohibits electric assist bicycles on unpaved "natural tread surfaces" (in Richland's case meaning dirt or sand trails in various locations) and allows electric assist bicycles on other unpaved soft surface trails improved with improved "tread surfaces" (in Richland's case meaning trails improved with gravel or wood chips in various locations). The State permits local governments to allow for electric assist bicycles on all unpaved trails, and without such an affirmative action, the RCW prohibits electric assist bicycles on "natural tread surfaces." The Parks and Recreation Commission is considering a recommendation to prohibit electric assist bicycles on unpaved soft surface trails.

    There are three defined categories of electric assist bicycles and the State of Washington currently prohibits the most powerful Class 3 electric assist bicycles on "shared use paths." The Parks and Recreation Commission is considering allowing all classes of electric assist bicycles, including Class 3, on shared use paths subject to speed limits.

    Tonight's hearing is an opportunity for the Parks and Recreation Commission to hear from interested persons and groups regarding the pros and cons of trail speed limits, and the appropriateness of electric assist bicycles on natural surface trails and other soft surface trails in Richland. Staff will overview the various issues and share images, aerial photography and maps as an introduction to the subject. Each member of the public will have an opportunity to provide up to a three minute comment on the issues, and the Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss the matter in a workshop setting and consider the feedback received. The Parks and Recreation Commission will not be making a formal recommendation on this subject at the meeting, but will engage in dialogue and conversation on the issue.

    The State Legislature recently took up this matter and directed the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources to undertake studies and to receive public input for lands managed by these State departments. Benton County has also begun a process to hear from area stakeholders on this issue related to County park land. While not necessary, it could be beneficial to develop a consistent approach on this subject throughout the Tri-Cities."


  • 9 Oct 2020 12:03 PM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    Call for Volunteers

    Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has just opened up their website to signups for the Bike/Ped Count Sites.  The counts will take place over the 3-day period of October 20-21-22.  Each volunteer needs to go to  https://wsdot.wa.gov/travel/commute-choices/bike/count  for complete information and for the link to sign up.  On the signup link, choose either Franklin or Benton County to get the list of locations and times.  Remember, that any particular location only needs to be counted once in the morning and once in the afternoon during the 3-day Counting Period.  When you sign up for your Count Site(s), please also forward the information to Dave Beach, since we are unable to access who has signed up for a particular location and time.  We only see that someone has chosen that site, and we would like to be able to coordinate and communicate with the individual volunteers at the local level. Dave can be contacted at davidbeach47@gmail.com.


    A few of the Count Sites in Richland have been reorganized with the hope of acquiring more useful data.  One new site in Pasco will be added, but is not yet uploaded to the WSDOT webpage -- check back soon.  It will be located at W. Lewis St & S. 10th Ave.  All Count Sites in the other cities remain the same as last year.  Sign up as soon as possible to get your favorite Count Location(s) and time(s)!  Please help us recruit other volunteers who may not have received this notice and would enjoy helping out.  It is always good to have a partner/backup for yourself.  Any questions,  please refer to the WSDOT website listed above, or contact Dave Beach.


  • 30 Sep 2020 4:01 PM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    Benton Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) is currently collecting responses for the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan survey – it would be great if they could hear from lots of active transportation users and advocates about how citizens want the Tri-Cities to look in 25 years!   

    The survey can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6YCPGZP  

    Please feel free to share the survey with anyone who might be interested.


  • 6 Aug 2020 11:33 AM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    Active Transportation planning provides safe streets for walkers and bikers and is essential to livable communities. In some areas of the Tri-Cities 18% of the population does not own a vehicle. Please voice support for the establishment of an Active Transportation citizen committee to identify gaps and barriers for active transportation in our region. You can comment via email and attend a virtual open house to discuss any areas of concern or needed improvements for safe biking and walking in our community:

    BFCG will be hosting a virtual open house to display the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP). The open house will be on Wednesday, August 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and held via Zoom at the url posted here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81543908481.

    Attend to learn about the region’s current and future active transportation system, upcoming projects that will benefit active transportation system, and the level of traffic stress (LTS) implemented in the Active Transportation Plan.

    To view the Draft Regional Active Transportation Plan https://bfcog.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Draft-Regional-Active-Transportation-Plan.pdf.

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  • 16 Jun 2020 11:40 AM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    Feedback Opportunity:

    Benton-Franklin Council of Governments- Provide Input for the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP)

    BFCG hosted a Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) Open House on Wednesday, January 22, at the Pasco Library. Attendees learned about current bicycle facilities in the Tri-Cities, provided input on for the Regional ATP update, and marked on maps of Benton and Franklin Counties where bicycle and pedestrian improvements/connections should be made.

    If you would like to fill out the survey and/or submit input on where bicycle/pedestrian improvements/connections should be made, please download the files below and submit them to Erin Braich at ebraich@bfcog.us

  • 12 May 2020 8:43 AM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)
    The City of Pasco is working on their very first Transportation System Master Plan. The plan (TSMP) will serve as a guide for future transportation planning and investments to align with Pasco City Council Goals and the City's Community Vision. 
    Pasco is a rapidly growing city, and your input and feedback on the existing transportation system, and what is necessary to meet their future needs are important.  It is a great opportunity for those of us passionate about non-motorized travel to express our thoughts to a captive audience

    Please take your time with the survey and provide as much information as you believe is necessary. A few things to think about while taking the survey:

    • What are some areas of the city that could use better sidewalks
    • Are there any streets and/or neighborhoods that are difficult to ride a bike, walk, or push a stroller/wheelchair?
    • Do you experience any challenging (dangerous) intersections on your way to work, home or lunch?
     
    The survey allows for you to be as detailed as possible, and we encourage you to take advantage. 

    Your input is appreciated, and please feel free to share with your co-workers, neighborhoods, friends and businesses.
     
    Here is the link to the survey:

    Transportation Online Open House (Survey)

     

  • 6 Apr 2020 5:50 PM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    The regularly scheduled BTC board meeting for Wednesday, April 8th will be held virtually.  Please email our board president, Hector Cruz at hector@visittri-cities.com for the meeting link. 

  • 11 Mar 2020 5:16 PM | Stephanie Haug (Administrator)

    This year's event has been POSTPONED until September 26th, 2020!


    Register now for the Inland Empire Century. Routes between 25-100 miles. Traverse the scenic Yakima/Columbia River Valley through vineyards, orchards, wheat fields, and native shrub steppe.

    http://www.inlandempirecentury.org

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Bike Buzz Reports
Below are a series of short reports highlighting past, present and (possible) future activities related to the cycling infrastructure in our area. Many thanks to each of the elected city officials, planners, engineers and staff for taking time from their busy schedules to meet with us.

Benton Franklin Council of Governments 2019
Benton City 2018
Ben Franklin Transit June, 2018
Kennewick 2017
​Pasco 2017
West Richland 2017
Richland 2017

Bike Tri-Cities

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Pasco, WA 99302

email: BikeTriCitiesWA@gmail.com

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