City considers changes to Master Bike Plan

Comment period begins for proposed update

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 2:36 p.m.

The City’s Planning and Development department is proposing changes to the Master Bike Plan for Spokane and is seeking public feedback on the changes.

The amendment affects both text in Chapter 4 (the Transportation Chapter) and to Map TR 2, the Planned Bikeway Network Map. One of the major changes calls for adding bicycle facilities to the Bike Plan. That includes already-completed facilities such as the Dwight Merkel Park trail loop and the Spokane International Airport bike lane loop and forthcoming projects on the Centennial and Fish Lake trails.  The amendment also provides text changes to describe a new Neighborhood Greenway classification.

If the amendments are approved, City planners will discuss how to incorporate the proposed changes to the bikeway map into the ongoing efforts to redesign Spokane’s bike map.

The period for public input on the proposed changes runs through 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23. Written comments can be sent via email to Assistant Planner Nathan Gwinn at To mail your comments, please visit the project page for the Master Bike Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment at

An open house on the bike plan amendment is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Chase Gallery, (Lower Level of City Hall), 808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard.