SWFL communities taking different routes, at different speeds
By Janine Zeitlin and Laura Ruane
Chapter 3: Bonita Springs
It’s not just about the cars
Bicyclist Milton Valey crosses Terry Street in the crosswalk at the intersection of Terry Street and Old U. S. 41 in Bonita Springs.(Photo: Sarah Coward/news-press.com)
Bonita seeks to change that.
|Planned roundabout as part of Bonita's Old 41 redevelopment||(Photo: City of Bonita Springs)|
"It's not just about the cars," said Councilwoman Janet Martin. "It's going to be a huge challenge for us to educate drivers that cars aren't the only ones who get to use the road ... It's creating a whole new culture."
Even a Bonita councilman was heckled while biking on a city road.
The project is expected to start construction in July.
Jenn Hagen, a Bonita planner, said the city's commitment extends beyond Old 41 redevelopment. Last year, the city adopted a planning policy to promote road access to all users. Staff members are looking for ways to connect the city for walkers, bicyclists and public transit riders.
"We're really trying to move away from just a single auto-centric lens."
Link to companion story 6/14/15 News-Press: "Bicycling--7 cities that will make Florida riders jealous"