Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cape Coral repaving plan and opportunities to consider bike lanes/shoulders

On August 18th, the News-Press published a story, "Cape councilmen say more money needed for street repaving
Cape Coral should spend an additional $1 million on street resurfacing north of
Pine Island Road next year, according to four city councilmen.The paving plan will be outlined for residents on Saturday, August 21st during a town hall meeting
The meeting is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N.

As a follow-up to this story, BikeWalkLee sent an e-mail to Cape Coral staff asking about their plans for including paved shoulders/bike lanes for cyclists in the resurfacing projects planned. And requested a list of roads planned for resurfacing and whether and what bike/ped accommodations are proposed for each of those roads.
support the active role the City relevant units have been taking on pursuing bikeway projects.

The Cape Coral staff provided this link to their bike/ped planning approach and criteria.
According to staff, "Through annual evaluation of potential connections between existing bikeway facilities as well as through the review of residents applications. For example if a road is scheduled for repaving it will be evaluated for potential traffic control enhancements such as adding bike lanes where warranted by the City you probably know most of the City areas density is not yet there to generate users for a bikeway. This is why we currently rely on potential users input. One bicyclist or more can initiate the process for adding a warranted bike lane per the criterion."

So, if you live in the Cape and believe that bike lanes or shoulders are needed on a specific road, you should submit a request, consistent with their procedures linked above. The repaving plan could be voted on by the City Council on Monday August 23rd, so make your voices heard now.

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