Bicyclists will have a chance to speak directly to city staff and offer suggestions for improving biking in Phoenix during the District 6 Bike Summit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pecos Park Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Room 3.

“The event is about establishing the lines of communication between the public and the city street transportation department to provide information about bike lanes in District 6,” said Joseph Perez, bicycle coordinator for the city of Phoenix. “That information exchange is both ways. It’s the city describing what we’ve done in the past throughout the city and the district, and then taking input from the district as to what they would like to see in the district and the village of Ahwatukee Foothills.”

This is the third year the city has had a bike summit. In the past the city had one bike summit at Burton Barr Library, but in order to get more participation from all areas of the city, staff organized a summit for each district.

The event will start with a PowerPoint presentation and a question-and-answer period.

After that, staff will pass out maps of the area and ask residents to identify road, intersections or destinations that could use improvement.

“We’re trying to identify problems from a public perspective and see what’s around to enable the connections,” Perez said. “We want to build new bike lanes that both connect bike lanes to each other, but also connect people to amenities.”

The summit is structured after the Five E’s of Bicycling identified by the League of American Bicyclists: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

“Evaluation is what the summit is,” Perez said. “It’s a way for the community and the city to evaluate what it’s doing.”

If residents are unable to attend the District 6 summit on March 30 there are other summits residents can attend.

Perez said there will be maps of all areas of the city at each summit so that staff can get input from all neighborhoods.

To register for the free event, contact Perez at joseph.perez@phoenix.gov or (602) 534-9529.

For more information about bicycling in Phoenix, visit phoenix.gov/bicycling.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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