The City of Fitchburg is looking to maintain its bike friendly designation.

As part of that effort, city officials are considering making a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee permanent, rather than the ad hoc committee that has been established in the past when a new plan was under consideration.

City administrator Patrick Marsh explained that a committee must be established and meet regularly to maintain the city’s “silver” status.

While the item was on the agenda for potential adoption by the Council Feb. 27, alders asked for it to go through committees first, as it was initially referred directly to them. Ald. Tony Hartmann (Dist. 4) also requested the group consider a bike-focused community instead of lumping pedestrian issues and bike issues under one committee.

“Bicycling is more a mode of transportation,” Hartmann said. “It brings millions of dollars into Fitchburg.”

The Public Works committee and Plan Commission are expected to consider the idea at upcoming meetings.

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