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From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County is preparing a plan to improve walking and biking routes among its communities and rural destinations. The plan entitled “Mifflin Moves!” will identify a network of existing and to-be-developed walking and bicycling routes that can offer safe, convenient travel options for everyday trips between home, school, work, and leisure destinations.

Such options are attractive to people who choose human-powered travel for its health and environmental benefits and are essential for non-drivers of all ages.

The Mifflin County Planning and Development Department is leading the effort with the assistance of consultant planners from Gannett Fleming and McMahon Associates.

The department assembled a steering committee of interested citizens, business interests, and local leaders to guide the plan’s preparation. The committee will help to gather suggestions for improving routes and corridors and identify partners and allies to promote walking and biking, also known as active transportation, to residents and visitors.

Mifflin County has been working with communities in theand bikeable Greater Lewistown.

In addition to identifying walking and biking routes, the plan will also detail improvements in six locations across the county to demonstrate how a pedestrian and bicycle network can serve a variety of interests in a rural county like Mifflin.

Residents are invited to suggest existing and new connections using an interactive map to draw walking and / or bicycle routes.

The map can be accessed at tinyurl.com/MifflinMoves or by scanning the QR code on one of the “Mifflin Moves!” flyers posted on community bulletin boards throughout the county. The map will be available through the end of May.

Contact the Planning and Development Department at (717) 242-0887 to request a flyer.

The Planning and Development Department expects to release a draft plan in late 2022. The countywide plan will guide local and state efforts to improve the network as a place for civic and tourism events, and promote everyday use of the network for economic, environmental, and social benefits in both town and rural settings. Lewistown area to interconnect parks with riverside trails and to plan for a safer connection from the Lewistown train station to downtown. Both projects represent the concept of a more walkable and bikeable Greater Lewistown.

In addition to identifying walking and biking routes, the plan will also detail improvements in six locations across the county to demonstrate how a pedestrian and bicycle network can serve a variety of interests in a rural county like Mifflin.

Residents are invited to suggest existing and new connections using an interactive map to draw walking and / or bicycle routes.

The map can be accessed at tinyurl.com/MifflinMoves or by scanning the QR code on one of the “Mifflin Moves!” flyers posted on community bulletin boards throughout the county. The map will be available through the end of May.

Contact the Planning and Development Department at (717) 242-0887 to request a flyer.

The Planning and Development Department expects to release a draft plan in late 2022. The countywide plan will guide local and state efforts to improve the network as a place for civic and tourism events, and promote everyday use of the network for economic, environmental, and social benefits in both town and rural settings.

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