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Comment Period for Statement of Priorities for Sidewalks & On-Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure

January 4 2022 | 0 Comments

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Statement of Priorities Packet

The OTO’s Board of Directors will consider the adoption of a Statement of Priorities for Sidewalks and On-Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure as a companion document to the OTO’s regional trail plan Towards a Regional Trail System. The regional trail plan describes the OTO’s implementation strategies for connecting communities with trails and allowing people to travel throughout the region without a car. This Statement of Priorities describes the local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that will allow people to safely travel within a community without a car once they arrive. Together, these two documents describe a future where intercity bicycle and pedestrian travel is feasible, safe, and as efficient as possible.

The included priorities are divided into three categories. The first category describes key features of a comprehensive network of local sidewalks and on-street facilities. The second category describes the ways a comprehensive local network integrates with the regional trail system. Finally, the third category describes key local commitments, related funding, and maintenance.

This Statement of Priorities is supplemented by a brief report, entitled On the Path to Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks, providing local examples of each priority. This report further describes the ideal network of sidewalks and on-street facilities and highlights the many places where elements of the ideal exist within the Ozarks. This is an informative report rather than a report focused on planning or implementation.

Details can be found at

How to comment:



Fax: 417-862-6013

In writing: OTO, 2208 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Suite 101, Springfield, MO 65807

The public comment period will end at 5 p.m. on January 19, 2022. After reviewing recommendations and public comments, the OTO Board of Directors will decide whether to formally adopt the changes at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 20, 2022, at noon, at 2208 W Chesterfield Blvd., Suite 101, Springfield, MO 65807.

For more information, contact: Andy Thomason, Senior Planner, Ozarks Transportation Organization, 2208 W. Chesterfield Boulevard, Suite 101, Springfield, Missouri 65807, 417-865-3042.

Ozarks Transportation Organization is your Springfield-regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO. The MPO is a body of elected and appointed members who work together with local, state and federal elected officials and policy-makers, serving to make funding and planning decisions for transportation within the Springfield, MO region.

Si usted necesita la ayuda de un traductor, por favor comuníquese con Andy Thomason al (417) 865-3047, cuando menos 48 horas antes de la reunión.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Andy Thomason at 417-865-3042 at least 2 working days prior to the expiration of the public comment period.

If you need relay services please call the following numbers: 711 - Nationwide relay service; 1-800-735-2966 - Missouri TTY service; 1-800-735-0135 - Missouri voice carry-over service.

OTO fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see, or call 417-865-3042.

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