Improving the city’s bike lanes and trails might be a hard sell, with roughly 87% of Puebloans using motor vehicles as their primary mode of transportation. But it’s a sales pitch Bartholomew Mikitowicz intends to make to Pueblo residents, elected officials and community groups leading up to the release of a 20-year bicycle lane improvement plan.
“We are trying to make a paradigm-shift,” he said. “We are trying to bring ideas to the table with different options.”
Mikitowicz said that the goal is to increase the city’s bicycle and pedestrian transportation rather than devising a plan to accommodate any projected increase in automobile traffic.
Mikitowicz, a transportation planner for the Pueblo Area Council of Governments, gave PULP an exclusive sneak peek at his lengthy draft plan, which at the time still had “a few kinks” to work out, he said.
“I’m about a month to six weeks from moving it into the public outreach phase.” Mikitowicz saidl. “That is where we gather community feedback, concerns, modifications etc. After that, another month to update the plan, then the final review and approval. We are shooting for September.”
Pueblo’s 87% automotive use rate is about average compared with four other U.S. cities aroun…