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Spokane eliminates bicycle-pedestrian coordinator job

Spokane's Howard Street received designted bike lanes recently, part of ongoing efforts to improve safety and accessibility to cyclists.  (Courtesy City of Spokane)
Spokane's Howard Street received designted bike lanes recently, part of ongoing efforts to improve safety and accessibility to cyclists. (Courtesy City of Spokane)

CYCLING -- I've just learned that the city of Spokane is eliminating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator position.

As of Dec. 21, Grant Wencel, who's held the postion for more than four years, will be terminated and the job will go dark.

Here is a reaction from Bradley Bleck, who's been closely involved with the recent advances in bicycling routes and status in city transportation planning:

As someone who has served on the (Bicycling Advisory Board) for nearly seven years as a volunteer and member, who worked to help bring a bike/ped coordinator to the city, I can only see it as a significant step in the wrong direction, one that will make both recreational and utilitarian cycling in the city much less a priority. 




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.







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