by Matt Williams
The City of Davis has developed a Beyond Platinum Bicycle Action Plan to improve bicycling in Davis. In developing that Plan, City Staff has employed an integrated, multi-modal approach to include walking and transit. The bicycle action plan (see http://bicycles.cityofdavis.org/beyond-platinum-bicycle-action-plan) is intended to be a community action plan through both the development and implementation phases.
The updated plan is implementation focused and includes a package of infrastructure projects, programs, and pro-bicycle policy work in order to further improve bicycle transportation and recreation in and around Davis.
Five years from now (2017), The City of Davis and the nation will recognize the 50th anniversary of the nation’s first bike lane. The timing of this event presents an enormous opportunity for Davis to plan and implement an aggressive bicycle action plan and to culminate the completion of the plan with a series of world class events to showcase the city’s national leadership and commitment to bicycling as a cornerstone of a comprehensive, active transportation system.
However, the Isle of Skye has thrown a significant wrench into the planning for Platinum Level bicycle paths by establishing a new Isle of Skye Level bicycle path standard. They just sent out the following video to show other communities what the new highest level bicycle path standard is. Their motto is “If you want to go beyond Platinum, reach for the Skye!”