LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County officials will prepare a plan to improve walking and cycling routes in its communities and rural destinations. The “Mifflin Moves!” identify a network of existing and to be developed walking and cycling routes that provide safe and convenient travel options for daily travel between home, school, work and leisure destinations.
The previously listed travel options are attractive to people who choose human-powered travel for health and environmental benefits that are essential for non-drivers of all ages.
Mifflin County’s Planning and Development Department is leading the effort with the help of consulting planners from Gannett Fleming and McMahon Associates.
The ministry assembled a steering committee of interested citizens, business interests and local leaders to guide the preparation of the plan. The committee will collect suggestions to improve routes and corridors and identify partners and allies to promote walking and cycling to residents and visitors.
Mifflin County is working with communities in the Lewistown area to connect parks to riverside trails and to plan a safer connection between Lewistown Station and downtown.
Both projects represent the concept of a Greater Lewistown that is more walkable and bikeable. In addition to identifying walking and cycling routes, the plan will also detail improvements in six locations across the county to demonstrate how a pedestrian and cycling network can serve a variety of interests in a rural county like Mifflin.
Residents can suggest existing and new connections using an interactive map to draw walking and/or cycling routes. Those interested can access the map at tinyurl.com/MifflinMoves or by scanning the QR code on any of the “Mifflin Moves!” flyers posted on community bulletin boards throughout the county.
The card will be available at the end of May. Contact the Planning and Development Department at (717) 242-0887 to request a flyer.
The Department of Planning and Development expects to release a draft plan in late 2022. The countywide plan will guide local and state efforts to improve the network as a venue for civic and tourism events, and promote the daily use of the network for economic, environmental and social benefits in urban and rural areas.