Stakeholder Outreach and Public Involvement Three key groups are guiding the development and recommendations of the Study.
Project Steering Committee (PSC)
This group is comprised of government agencies responsible for developing and implementing transportation plans plus community representatives. The PSC guides the development of the study goals and objectives, improvements, and study deliverables. The Steering Committee met in June, 2011 to kick-off the study, in August, 2011 to discuss the region’s needs, opportunities, and ways to get the community involved in the study process. The most recent meeting of the Project Steering Committee was held on November 10, 2011 to discuss existing and future conditions, preliminary improvement alternatives, programmatic recommendations, and criteria for prioritizing recommendations.
Targeted Focus Groups
Three targeted focus groups met during the needs assessment phase in early October to discuss specific areas of interest related to bicycling and walking in the region. The focus groups discussed opportunities to create a better multimodal network for the transit dependent and sight impaired residents. Also, a group of recreational and commuter bicyclists and walkers gathered to discuss the needs and opportunities for improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs. In addition, a diverse group of participants met to discuss improving the walking and biking environment specifically in Aiken County. Click below to review the Focus Group Meeting Summaries.
- Aiken County Focus Group
- Recreational Biking and Walking Focus Group
- Transit and Alternative Transportation Focus Group
This group includes representatives from civic organizations and individual citizens. Opportunities for citizen involvement include public workshops, public event booths, an on-line needs survey on study website, and a general comment form on the study website. To be added to the list of interested citizens to receive notification of the Plan’s progress and involvement opportunities, please complete the comment form below.
Public Workshops Draft program, policy, and infrastructure recommendations were unveiled at two Public Workshops in March, 2012. Click here to view flyer.
- Thursday, March 22, 2012 (5-7 pm)
- Evans Government Center Complex Auditorium
- 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, GA
- Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (5-7 pm)
- Aiken Technical College,
- Building #700 in the Amphitheater (Free Parking)
- 2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Graniteville, SC
- Monday, October 3, 5-7pm, City of Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave SW, Aiken SC
- Tuesday, October 4, 5-7pm, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad Street, Augusta, GA
Event BoothsThe study team hosted booths at multiple community events to promote community participation in the study process. Events included Aiken’s Makin, Arts in the Heart, the Whiskey Road Race, and others. The booths allowed many residents to share their ideas with the team and learn about the public workshops and other opportunities for engagement.
A Citizen Survey was conducted in both hard copy and electronic format from early September through mid-November 2011 resulting in the collection of data and opinions from approximately 500 citizens throughout the region. The study team is utilizing this data to guide both program and infrastructure related recommendations to improve the biking and walking environment in the ARTS/Aiken County area. Thank you to all who participated in this successful effort!