June Newsletter 2017
It’s been almost a year since our last Newsletter and about time for an update to the members and supporters of Pedestrian and Bicycle advocacy. Much has been happening but I have been lax in communicating.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee
PAT has been most active with the City’s ad hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee. The Board has been in attendance at every meeting and actively advocating for improvements to the infrastructure to make Prescott safer for Pedestrians and Bicyclists. Sandy Smith is a member who speaks up for the Pedestrians and those with disabilities. We have gotten Public Works to agree to discuss all upcoming projects so we can provide input. We have addressed new bike lanes, sidewalks, crossings, alleys as well as the Greenways and trails that can be used as alternatives to the streets. If you want to have input the meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 10 am at 433 N. Virginia Street or speak to Dave Fero @ 830-0723, or George Sheats, Gary Worub, or Jim Knaup who regularly attend. Council is supposed to soon vote to make this a standing committee.
PAT had its annual meeting inviting the public to meet with PAT and we invited the PBAC committee and City council members. We had a good turnout in the Jersey Lily. We were able to get volunteers to join committees to assist the PBAC with a number of tasks to help PBAC meet its mission.
Fundraising and Grants
We have received some grants recently. No we haven’t the resources we have had in previous years for Safe Routes to School from the Federal transportation bills and we don’t expect this congress to address anything in the transportation or infrastructure except motor vehicles. We have pushed Public works to spend left over funds for infrastructure improvements for Safe Routes to School around Lincoln School. We received grants for SRTS from the Prescott Evening Lions and will use revenues from our fund raising primarily Skull Valley Loop Challenge as well. We failed to have a more generous request funded by Arizona Community Foundation. We did get ACF to fund a new trail on the VA grounds that will connect the Yavapai college trails to the VA along Granite Creek and then on to the Multiuse trail to the National Cemetary and Frontier Village. Our plans are to get the widening of AZ 69 to extend the multiuse trail to the Mall and perhaps beyond. This trail on the VA could also be an important link to a trail system from the Greenways to the Peavine as the City works with the Yavapai Tribe to extend utilities on Tribal land. A trail over the utilities would allow easy access for servicing the utilities. Our goal is one day to connect Downtown Prescott and Chino and Prescott Valley with trails allowing pedestrian and bicycle access without encountering motor vehicles.
Skull Valley Loop Challenge
Skull Valley Loop Challenge activity is heating up. We have had early registrations and sponsors lining up to make SVLC another great success supporting SRTS. We will need volunteers and riders so set aside Sunday September 17 on your calendar. Josette will soon be reaching out, keep tuned to our Facebook Page.
Other Events and Activities
We had another successful Bike to Work with the Mayor and we thank all that rode with the Mayor this year. See Facebook for pictures.
PAT was instrumental in adding two bridges to the Greenways in the last year with the help of the Over the Hill Gang and YTA. We participated in Earthday and Granite Creek Cleanup as usual.
PAT and Arizona Community Foundation
I want to take some time to explain how the Board is investing our funds so they grow and support our mission of creating a Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Central Yavapai County. PAT has joined with other like-minded non profits to invest our money with the Arizona Community Foundation instead of leaving our funds in a bank account that does not grow. ACF invests our funds along with those of many other community-minded non profits in a socially responsible portfolio which can yield income from 4-6% in recent years. The funds continue to be under our control and will only go for projects that are in line with our mission. The Board of PAT can access those funds and no other organization can access the funds. We have given up nothing but will reap greater returns. We will not use these funds for anything but Pedestrian and Bicycle transportation.