Interested in making Flagstaff more bicycle-friendly?  Please join us for Flagstaff’s first annual Bicycle Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the lobby of the Flagstaff City Hall at 211 West Aspen Avenue.

The meeting will be hosted by the City of Flagstaff and is being held in conjunction with Flagstaff’s Bike-to-Work Week events.

The intent of the Bicycle Town Hall Meeting is to give the community an opportunity to learn what’s being done to make Flagstaff a better place for bicycles, and to help City officials and other agencies learn what’s important to the community regarding accommodation of bicycles.

The theme of this event, and the City’s goal, is to make bicycling in Flagstaff an appealing option for everyone – so kids can ride to school, for a man who wants to get back in shape, a woman who uses her bike for errands for the sheer joy of it, a family who can better afford housing if they only have one car, or a student who wants to do their part to make Flagstaff more sustainable.  We need to hear from you!

A number of City of Flagstaff functions will be represented at the meeting, including the urban trails, bicycle, and pedestrian program, the sustainability program, the traffic section, and the police department.

Additionally, a number of other agencies and organizations who promote bicycling will participate in the town hall meeting, including Flagstaff Biking Organization, Coconino County’s SafeKids and Safe Routes to School programs, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s bicycle and pedestrian program, the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization, Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, the Arizona Trail Association, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, and the Coconino Cycling Club.

The meeting will follow an open house format, so there is opportunity for casual discussion with City staff and representatives from other agencies and organizations.  There will also be an opportunity to provide written comments, which will be compiled following the meeting and made available to all participants.

For further information, please contact Martin Ince, multi-modal transportation planner with the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Flagstaff, at 928-226-4850 or mince@ci.flagstaff.az.us.

For information about Bike-to-Work Week, including a schedule of events, visit Flagstaff Biking Organization’s website at www.flagstaffbiking.org.