Monday, November 25, 2013

Citizen Input Invited for Fort Myers’ Complete Streets Manual

Here's your chance to participate in reviewing the City of Fort Myers' draft Complete Streets Manual, which has been posted on their website for public comment.

The Fort Myers City Council voted to formalize the process of adapting the nationally known “Living Streets” manual as the City’s Complete Streets Manual, by sending it to their Bike Pedestrian Advisory Board (BPAB) for review and comment and simultaneously posting it to the city's website -  - for public feedback.
The fourteen chapter “Living Streets” manual was first published in 2011 and authored by a team of national experts including our own FDOT Division I Secretary, Billy Hattaway. This manual, specifically designed to be used as a model design prototype, links the principles of complete streets with public health and environmental concerns.  It focuses on all users and all modes seeking to achieve a balanced street design. 

City staff in both Community Development and Public Works departments has been working to customize the model manual, fitting it to the needs of Fort Myers. Beginning with their next meeting on Dec 19th the seven members of BPAB will review several chapters each month, analyzing and suggesting additions and deletions as they proceed.

Citizens are encouraged to actively participate. All who traverse and use the roadways or sidewalks in Fort Myers are invited to submit their opinions and comments regarding this manual. Public input will be assessed and incorporated as it is received. 

After analysis and review by the BPAB, the manual will go to the City’s Local Planning Board for similar review, with a target completion date of July 2014. 

Report by Ann Pierce

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