Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan

Improving the bicycling and walking infrastructure is important to strengthening our urban fabric. Next week citizens will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the priorities for walking and bicycling in our region. The West Florida Regional Planning Council is holding public workshops to discuss needs, priorities, and funding options for these amenities in the Long Range Transportation Plan. Workshops will be held:
Lillian, AL: Monday, April 19, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Lillian Community Club.

Pensacola, FL: Tuesday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Pensacola City Hall, 222 W. Main St. Hagler Mason Conference Room (2nd Floor)
4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Baptist Medical Park, 9400 University Pkwy, Azalea Room

Santa Rosa County, FL: Thursday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Santa Rosa County
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. South Santa Rosa Service Center Conference Room
As you can see, these workshops will be held in a variety of venues, as befits a "regional" plan. However, it is important for us to emphasize the importance of bicycling and walking to the City of Pensacola. Amenities which fall under this are bike lanes, sidewalks, multi-use trails, and medians/pedestrian crossings. More information is available online. I hope to see you at one of these meetings.

By the way, if you like biking, check out Hayne St, which runs parallel to I-110. Public Works has recently re-striped the roadway to include a bike lane. Try it out some time.