Thursday, May 23, 2013

MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Action Plan out for comment

A key step in Lee County's strategy for improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in our community is the adoption and implementation of a Safety Action Plan, developed with involvement of the broad-based group of stakeholders. A draft of the final MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is now available for comment and will be going to the MPO Board for final approval at its June 21st meeting.

The Lee MPO, in conjunction with FDOT District 1 and a broad array of local stakeholders, including BikeWalkLee, launched the development of the Lee Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan in 2012 as a follow-up to the MPO's countywide bike/ped Master Plan. The purpose of the Safety Action Plan is to reduce bicycle and pedestrian injury and fatality crashes through a wide range of recommended activities--from education, engineering, to enforcement.  The report focuses on 18 specific recommendations (both short-term and long-term), with specific milestones and assignments for action. The consultant, Tindale-Oliver, presented these key recommendations to the MPO Board on May 17th, and has now completed the report that accompanies those recommendations.

To review the draft plan, click here. The plan will be discussed at the May 28th BPCC meeting, and again at the TAC and CAC meetings on June 6th, with final Board action slated for June 21st.  There are opportunities for public comment at all of these meetings.  You may also email comments to MPO Executive Director, Don Scott, through June 10th.

Once the plan is adopted the hard work begins--implementation of the plan.  This will require the commitment and continuous involvement of the broad group of stakeholders--including law enforcement, judicial officials, municipalities, FDOT, various local, regional, and statewide agencies,  a broad array of advocates, and the media.  It will also require new ways to collaborate in a structured way with the various stakeholders.  As BWL's representative, Darla Letourneau, told the MPO Board at the May 17th meeting, this plan is not self-executing.  It will be critical for the MPO Board to stay focused on the action items in the report and take the lead in driving the accountability to results.

For further background information:
Also see our April blog post prior to the public workshop.

Report by Darla Letourneau

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