Today’s Headlines

  • Chattanooga City Council to Vote Next Week on Light Rail Feasibility Study (Times Free Press)
  • Jefferson County Reallocates School Tax to General Fund, Transit (Alabama Live)
  • Streetcar Ride Through New Orleans Reveals City’s Post-Katrina Resilience (Bloomberg)
  • Atlanta Developers Want Projects Close to MARTA, Reduced Parking (Globest)
  • Clayton County Starting to Feel Connected as MARTA Considers Additional Routes (AJC)
  • Florida DOT District Secretary Calls for Road Diets, Bike/Ped Safety (Bradenton Herald)
  • Pedestrian Death Leads to Push for Crosswalk Along Mile-Long Stretch on Tampa Road (FL Newstime)
  • Bike-Share Seeing Rapid Growth Across Southern Florida (Sun Sentinel)
  • Fort Myers Resident Advocates for Bike/Ped Pathways for 25 Years (News-Press)
  • Miami Law Group Leads Vision Zero Online Campaign (Kaire Law)

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Charlotte TV Station’s Transit Crime Coverage Heavy on Fear-Mongering, Light on Specifics (WCNC) Florida Towns Invest in Bike-Ped Wayfinding, a Given for Motorist Infrastructure (BikeWalkLee) Greenville, NC, to Build a Few Sidewalks a Few Years From Now (WNCT) People Who Don’t Have Cars Remain Second-Class Citizens in Athens, Georgia (ABH) Gwinnett County Democrats Want a MARTA Vote This Year (AJC) […]

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Georgia DOT Allowed Oil Pipeline Company to Conduct Its Own Public Hearings (Florida Times Union) GA Legislators Fail to Advance Ped Safety and CATA Expansion Bills (Athens Banner-Herald) Nashville Residents List Transit as a Top Priority for Next Three Years (Tennessean) With Downtown Booming, Affordable Housing Key Issue for Nashville Mayoral Race (Tennessean) Coast RTA CEO Search Down to […]

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Tennessee Officials Eye 9-Cent Gas Tax Hike (Times Free Press) MARTA Seeks Partner for Lindbergh Station Development (Saporta Report) Athens, GA Officials Look for Solutions to Atlanta Highway Gridlock (Flagpole) Atlanta Vending Machine Dispenses Bike Parts and Tools (Atlanta Loop) Charlottesville Makes Three Streets Safer for Walking and Biking (Charlottesville Tomorrow) New NC DOT Chief Supports I-77 […]

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Chattanooga Downtown Housing Project Key to City Transformation (CityLab) Transit Users Healthier: In Charlotte 6.5 Pounds Lighter (Vancouver Sun) GA House Passes Bill to Permanently Remove MARTA Spending Restrictions (Atlanta Business Chronicle) SWFL Newspaper Covers Dangerous Cycling Conditions, Includes Profiles of Crash Victims (News-Press) In Florida, Drivers Are Twice as Likely to Be Responsible for Bike […]

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MARTA Launches Farmers Market Pilot Program at West End Station (Atlanta Magazine) All Aboard Florida Will Create Jobs While Taking Cars Off the Road (Orlando Sentinel) Why Rail Travel Is The Future For South Florida (Palm Beach Post) Jacksonville: Vibrant City Streets Bring Back Young Folks and Propel City Success Among Bills Going Into Effect Last […]

BWL Column: Good News for Lee County Bikers and Walkers

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Today's column reports on the progress that has been made over the past 4 years (2010-2014) in adding biking and walking facilities throughout Lee County, based on BikeWalkLee's new report. Example Before/After photo provided by BWLBikeWalkLee's Column:News-Press Go Coastal Section, Oct. 1, 2015  How is Lee County doing in bike/ped facilities? Good — in total miles and in kinds of facilities. BikeWalkLee took a look at how bike/ped facilities added in up the county from 2010 to 2014, using data collected by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) from the Departments of Transportation for Florida and Lee County along with local municipalities.In this four-year period, we added 130 miles of bike/ped facilities, an 18 percent increase, with almost 40 miles of new facilities in Cape Coral and almost 60 miles in unincorporated Lee County.The greatest increase in type of facilities over this four-year stretch came in bike lanes — with the total mileage almost doubling to make up 1/4 of all facilities by 2014. Even with a drop in the miles of paved shoulders — the result of some road sections being upgraded to some other type of (more protected) facility — on-road facilities increased by 60 miles while off-road ones (in some cases more focused on walkers) added 70 miles. Overall, good news for bikers and walkers countywide. Much of these gains came due to new-road construction rather that retrofits to existing roads — where a huge backlog still exists. We applaud the efforts of local officials (county and municipality) to achieve these kinds of improvements, and urge them to keep up the good work to continue to expand and connect the bike/ped network throughout the county and its cities. Every day we’re reminded of the importance of walking and biking to improving the overall health of the community, so more and safer bike/ped facilities are crucial to encouraging people to go take a hike or a bike!The BikeWalkLee report also reviews other bike/ped improvements during this period, as well as looking ahead at expected upgrades we all should see soon. The full report is online at BikeWalkLee.Ready to ride or run?Run: October race season is here, starting with the Lexington Cares 5K Run/Walk on Saturday to benefit the Regional Cancer Center’s Breast Health Center. The following weekend, pick from the Busey Bank Run for Prevention in the morning (at FGCU) or Cops and Joggers in the evening (downtown Fort Myers).Ride: Tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, which means the SW Florida Critical Mass ride, starting at the field next to the downtown Publix at 7:30 p.m. Bring your lights and helmet, and join the fun.Both: Looking for a sprint tri? Head north to Siesta Key on Saturday (www.siestakeytriathlon.org), or south to Marco Island on Sunday (www.thefitnesschallengetriathlon.com).