BISMARCK, N.D. — The city of Bismarck has set up a pop-up pathway, a temporary, quick-build pedestrian and bike path stretching from the heart of the city to the Missouri River waterfront.

Feedback at polling sites along the route through mid-October will be used to design the potential final product, the Bismarck Central Pathway, The Bismarck Tribune reported . Project partners include Go! Bismarck Mandan, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, the Bismarck Downtowners and Bismarck Parks and Recreation District.

“We’re thrilled to be working with this collaborative project to increase bikeability and walkability in our community,” said Tanya Jo Smith, coalition coordinator of Go! Bismarck Mandan.

Quick-builds are gaining traction in communities across the nation.

“I think cyclists in town, whether they’re recreational cyclists or they’re commuting to and from destinations, want to make sure they’re doing it in a safe way,” Smith said.

She said the more protective pathways there are, the more people are going to want to get out and bike.

Temporary materials such as straw bales, paint, traffic cones and wayfinding signs will be used to highlight the route. Existing sidewalks also will be utilized wherever possible.

The pop-up pathway will remain in place until Oct. 14. Materials will be removed and the area will be returned to “normal” as the project moves into the next phase. Then the path will be designed and permanently installed.

“Each of these phases is designed to garner citizen feedback and accommodate changes,” said Will Hutchings, city planner.

Several events have run in conjunction with the Pop-Up Pathway, including a kickoff celebration.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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