Two Community Engagement Meetings
Thursday, December 16, 2021
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 320 South King Street
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Zoom

Join Friends of Pathways and the Town of Jackson on Thursday, December 16, 2021 to learn about the Willow Street Safe Routes Project – a plan to enhance Teton County’s bicycle network by creating a complete safe bike route through the Town of Jackson.

Interested community members can view a presentation and give feedback in person at 320 South King Street from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., or on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

What is the Willow Street Safe Routes Project?

Friends of Pathways and the Town of Jackson are looking into extending the seasonal protected bike lanes on Snow King Avenue from where they end at Cache Street to Willow Street, and on Willow Street from Snow King Avenue to Gill Avenue. This would make a complete protected bike route through town, linking key destinations like Jackson Elementary School and the Rec Center with Snow King Mountain, Phil Baux Park, and Teton County Library.

How does the Willow Street Safe Routes Project enhance the bicycle network?

While cyclists enjoy pathways throughout Teton County, when they arrive to the core of Jackson from any direction, the pathways end and cyclists must find their own route through town. The increasingly congested streets of town are unsafe for children on bikes and uninviting to less confident cyclists. A complete protected bike route through town is needed to accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities, and to encourage active transportation for locals and visitors alike.

Why Willow Street?

Willow Street is currently a designated bike route through Town because of its relatively low traffic volumes and direct connection to Jackson Elementary and the Rec Center. This project builds on that designation by adding physical barriers (bollards) along the bike lanes, which would be present during the busiest months for biking (mid-April to mid-October).

Willow Street connects the southern end of town (Phil Baux Park and Snow King Mountain) with the northern end of town (Jackson Elementary School, Rec Center, and one day, Grand Teton National Park). It connects these areas without passing directly through the highly trafficked town square, making it the safest route for those on bikes.

The route has been tested: In September of 2021 Friends of Pathways and Jackson Hole Community Pathways installed pop-up protected bike lanes on Willow Street and Snow King Avenue during iWalk, iBike, iBus to School Day. While the bike lanes allowed more children to safely ride to school than ever before, they also offered a welcoming safe route through town for anyone riding a bike. The bike lanes were widely used that day, as cyclists had a natural continuous route through town, safe and out of the way from cars.

When will the Willow Street Safe Routes Project happen?

The project intends to install temporary protected bike lanes by May 2022 and looks to explore design options for long-term, permanent bike lanes in the future.

Join us in making a safe bike route through town that everyone feels comfortable using!

Show your support!
Click here to let the Town of Jackson know you support a protected bike lane through town!

Having trouble with the link? Write the Jackson Town Council yourself at council@jacksonwy.gov