Bicycle paths, bridges and new roadways have been hot topics over the past year and now the public has an opportunity to offer planning input for the next 25 years as the Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization meets twice this week.

The MPO will hold a public input meeting Jan. 7 at the GM&O Building at 110 Beauregard St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m., then again Jan. 8 at the Mobile Botanical Gardens at 5151 Museum Dr. from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The plan being designed, known as Destination 2040, will outline issues, problems and opportunities in the current transportation system in the Mobile Urban Area. It deals with issues in the following areas: highway, bicycle/pedestrian, public transit, socio-economic projections and congestion management/safety.

“The Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is developing the Long Range Transportation Plan for the Mobile Urban Area, and we want input into what the public finds important in terms of transportation issues over the next 25 years,” said Kevin Harrison, Transportation Director for the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission. “Where do you want new roads to go? Where do you want bicycle routes and sidewalks to be? Where do you want new transit routes? Where do you think we will have growth patterns in Mobile County? We have done the math, now we want public input and we have a year to develop the Destination 2040 Plan.”

Harrison said anyone who uses the local transportation system can be involved in the planning process, including all residents, visitors to the area and those who create and maintain the transportation system. 

For additional information on the Destination 2040 Preliminary Input Meetings visit www.mobilempo.org. Harrison said physically challenged persons who need special accommodations should contact SARPC in advance so arrangements can be made to meet their needs.