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PIERRE, S.D. – The City of Pierre wants to make the community more pedestrian friendly and is utilizing a grant to help make it happen.
Tomorrow and Wednesday, staff from the Institute for Built Environment at Colorado State University will be in Pierre to conduct a walkability study. The team will conduct a walking audit, look at traffic patterns, current infrastructure, multimodal accommodations, city policies, and growth areas. Additionally, the Colorado State team will hold two public meeting to gather citizen input and outline best practices relative to walkability design.
“We’re really working toward enhancing Pierre as a healthy community. Encouraging active lifestyles benefits our citizenry, our business community, and enriches the culture of our community,” said Mayor Laurie Gill. “This walkability study is really one step to help us achieve that.”
Those interested in the effort have several opportunities to participate. Public meetings will be held at RedRossa Italian Grille at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, and at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. Additionally, up to 20 community members are welcome to assist with the walking audit. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. If you’re interested in participating in the audit, please contact Tom Farnsworth at 773.2527.
The City expects to receive findings and a final report from Colorado State sometime this fall.
“I’m excited to see their findings,” said Gill. “I think their recommendations could be an excellent tool as we look toward future development in Pierre.”
This walkability study is funded by grants from the South Dakota Department of Health and the South Dakota Discovery Center.