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Grass Valley to consider regional bicycle plan

Elected officials in Grass Valley are slated to sign on to a county-wide bicycling plan today that would make the city eligible for federal funds to facilitate cyclists, transportation officials said.

The Grass Valley City Council will consider a resolution to adopt the Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan at its regularly scheduled twice-monthly meeting today, which will also feature consideration of an interim chief to manage the Grass Valley Fire Department after the retirement of Tony Clarabut and until a permanent replacement is found.

The 2013 Nevada County Bicycle Master Plan is an update of a 2007 plan, representing the culmination of the planning effort funded by the Nevada County Transportation Commission and conducted by the consultant firm Fehr and Peers, according to Grass Valley’s Public Works Director Tim Kiser.

The county’s plan aims to fit into a larger, regional master plan to ensure that bicycle planning is coordinated across municipal boundaries and to establish project eligibility for future federal and state funding sources. Bicycle master plans are required for counties and their jurisdictions to be eligible for Bicycle Transportation Account grant funding and are required to be updated every five years.

The county’s updated plan includes input from public outreach and review by local jurisdiction staff, Kiser said. All comments received were addressed and incorporated into the final plan that was adopted by NCTC July 17.

If approved, Grass Valley’s resolution to approve the master plan will constitute the first county municipality to do so; however, Truckee’s town council is also scheduled to consider a similar item at its meeting today. Nevada City’s council has a similar item on its non-discussion, consent-item calendar for its Wednesday meeting. Once adopted by all jurisdictions, the plan and resolutions will be submitted by NCTC to the Caltrans Bicycle Facilities Unit for approval, Kiser said.

“Once they have accepted the plan, it’s up to them to submit grant applications for projects,” said Daniel Landon, executive director of the county’s transportation commission.

The public portion of the Grass Valley City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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