No one knows better than people who walk and bike through Superior what the challenges are as they come up against a motorized transportation system.

And city officials are hoping to tap that knowledge as planning begins for an active transportation system.

The city is planning a public input session 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Superior Public Library to gather information for a comprehensive plan that would emphasis safety and usability of a transportation system that promotes active lifestyles.

Fundamental questions city officials are hoping to find answers to include:

• Where are good places to walk and bike?

• Where are the challenging places to walk or bike?

• What streets are particularly challenging to cross?

• What would make walking and biking in Superior safer, more comfortable and convenient?

The meeting will be an open house format so people can drop in and leave anytime during the two-hour session to share their thoughts with city leaders.

"The public is driving this," Mayor Jim Paine said. He said it's a good time for people who have had complaints or concerns about their ability to move through the city actively to share those issues because it will affect city policy.

The plan will serve as a blueprint for a comprehensive bike and pedestrian network linking destinations in the city while improving public safety and promoting an active lifestyle.

While the plan is expected to have some design elements, it will focus on policy and values, and is expected to influence other transportation plans for years to come.

Wednesday night's public input session kicks off the planning process that could take up to a year to complete. Paine said the advisory committee, made up of transportation professionals and elected officials, meets for the first time Wednesday night, just before the public input session begins.

For people who can't attend the session Wednesday night, comments can be shared by emailing publicworks@ci.superior.wi.us.