Friday, March 23, 2012

Highlights from March 21st BPAC Meeting

Report from County's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
by Steve Rodgers

1.  BPAC approved a draft Resolution for Bike Day/Week/Month, May 2012 that will be presented to the BOCC in their meeting on May 1st.  Bike/Ped advocates are invited to attend that meeting and speak if possible on the merits of the Resolution and the progress that Lee County is making towards safer and more complete streets.

2.  Andy Getch and Mike Tisch, LCDOT, proposed that BPAC form a sub-committee to work on prioritizing the Bike/Ped related projects that are found on the Lee County Complete Streets Resurfacing Evaluation Matrix and also part of the CIP that is already drafted through FY 2016-2017.  The team selected, Don Mayne (Dist 4), Steve Rodgers (Dist 2), and Keith Kibbey (at Large and Chairman, BPAC) will meet on Tuesday afternoon (1pm to 5pm) on April 3rd to follow through on this request.

3.  Mike Tisch, LCDOT, showed us samples of the way finding signs that will be used to mark the University Loop and the Lee Tour de Parks pathways.  A system of different colors will be used to indicate the degree of difficulty, in terms of distance, for each of the bike routes.  The signs for the University Loop (Alico Rd, Treeline, Estero Pkwy, and Three Oaks) will be placed in the next two months, along with new and improved bike lane symbols that are not as thick as ones that have been applied in the past.  Both of these routes are the focal points, or Demonstration Projects, of the Bike/Ped Master Plan that was adopted by the MPO last year.

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