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Pender County Bicycle And Pedestrian Plan - Draft Recommendations Available For Public Comment

Pender County, in collaboration with The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO), is conducting a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for portions of Pender County that lie within the WMPO urban boundary.

This Plan’s goal is to identify existing challenges to bicycling and walking, propose a preferred bicycle and pedestrian network to strive for, and lay out the specific policy, program, and infrastructure recommendations.

Public and stakeholder engagement played a vital role throughout the study. The study team collected input from a Steering Committee and the public to draft recommendations that focus on providing safety, better access up and down US 17, and connections to schools, parks, shopping, and medical offices. The Plan also includes research on existing conditions, an assessment of the network, and provides near- and long-term recommendations.

Provide Your Comments!

The draft recommendations are now available for review and open comment. The full report as well as additional information can be found on the Plan’s website at https://www.wmpo.org/pender-county/bicycle-and-pedestrian-plan/

Comments will be accepted until June 23 rd by email, phone, or mail. To provide your comments:

• Send an email to Vanessa.Lacer@wilmingtonnc.gov

• Leave a voice message by calling (910) 341-3234

• Mail your comments to

o Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO)

o 305 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor

o Wilmington, NC 28401

Public Engagement Opportunities

Community engagement is crucial for the success of this plan, and the study team encourages residents to spread the word and encourage their friends, family, and neighbors to participate. The Pender County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan relies on a collaborative approach to ensure that it truly reflects the needs and aspirations of the community.

Please check the study website or follow Pender County on Social Media for upcoming public engagement opportunities.

The study team will be hosting various pop-up events to share the draft recommendations and collect comments. Please check the study website for upcoming public engagement opportunities.


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