Your ideas on getting around are needed

A group of concerned citizens has teamed with local organizations to help foster walkable and bikeable places throughout Harrison County and they need your help to identify the areas.

Through the Harrison County Active Living Initiative, the public is invited online to submit locations and ideas for making a safer transit for pedestrians and bicyclists in Harrison County. It’s as easy as making a few marks on an online map and giving your ideas. However, your input is needed no later than Friday.

“Far too often bicycle and pedestrian projects are presented as a ‘pie-in-the-sky’ master plan document that does no more than collect dust on the shelf,” said Geneva Dummer who is part of the committee for the initiative. “This document is geared towards implementation by including a good chunk of the preliminary research so that the project is relieved of that expense upon implementation, and it can be implemented in short order.” 

The committee, put together by the Heritage Trails Partnership of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has worked with representatives from Harrison County, Gulf Regional Planning Commission and Alta Planning + Design to obtain the funding and create the study. After the input is collected, results will be complied and made available to the cities and county for review, selection and execution of projects pre-engineered in the study.

The goal of the group is to eventually see more walkable and bikeable communities along the Gulf Coast.

Added Dummer: “Safe places to walk and bike are more important now than ever. From a tourism perspective, to a public health standpoint, to a public transportation point of view, there are so many benefits.”
Take a minute to provide your input