[tabi] Re: Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - Tallahassee Named Bicycle Friendly Community

  • From: "Easy Talk" <easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 16:15:24 -0500

That's funny,  What qualifies you? getting the most hit and killed!!!smile


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynn Evans 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 2:40 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - Tallahassee Named 
Bicycle Friendly Community

  bikers and walkers?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: City of Tallahassee 
  To: evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 1:36 PM
  Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - Tallahassee Named Bicycle 
Friendly Community

        Tallahassee Named Bicycle Friendly Community

        New Policies and Improvements in Bike/Ped Infrastructure Recognized - 
The City of Tallahassee has been named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly 
Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Tallahassee was the 
only new winner for 2009 from the State of Florida. Other communities in the 
state that have been recognized as BFC at the bronze level or above include 
Boca Raton, Gainesville and Orlando. Jacksonville received an honorable mention 
this year.

        To celebrate this benchmark in the City's journey to become a safer, 
more accessible community for cyclists, City leaders and members of the local 
cycling community joined together today for a celebratory bike ride from the 
former Palmer Munroe Community Center to Messer South, both located on Jackson 
Bluff Road.

        "The Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community Designation is really a 
recognition of the commitment of our elected leaders and our bicycling 
community to make bicycling a priority," Mayor John Marks said. "We have made 
many changes and improvements that have led to this Bronze level award. It will 
also serve as an incentive for us to keep striving toward the Gold as bicycling 
becomes even more of a transportation option and recreational opportunity."

        Tallahassee was recognized for a mixture of policy, infrastructure and 
planning efforts in relation to bicycling within the community. Some of these 
efforts include the following.

          a.. The City's 124 miles of bike lanes and having a plan in place for 
more. Commission Policy 600CP requires that bike lanes be included on all new 
and reconstructed major and minor arterial and major collector roadways. 
          b.. The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency dedicates $1 
million off the top of its budget, which is committed to bicycle and pedestrian 
(bike/ped) projects. 
          c.. Shared lane markings (sharrows) have been placed on Call Street, 
Virginia Street, Jackson Bluff Road and Killearney Way between Thomasville Road 
and Shamrock Circle. 
          d.. A shared use path was created surrounding Lake Elberta, in 
addition to existing similar paths around Leon County's Lake Henrietta and 
Martha Wellman Park, the later of which was built with Blueprint 2000 funds. 
          e.. All resurfacing projects must be evaluated for the ability to 
include designated bike lanes or sharrows. 
          f.. Renovations were done to the mountain bike trail system in both 
Elinor-Klapp Phipps Park (a new segment was added to the Redbug Trail) and in 
Lafayette Heritage Trail Park. Additionally, a new segment of mountain bike 
trail was added to the lower Cadillac Trail at Lafayette Heritage Trail Park. 
          g.. Bike racks exist on all mass transit busses. 
          h.. Bicycle education opportunities for adults and bicycle safety 
courses for children are offered throughout the year by several agencies within 
the community. 
        In addition, Tallahassee is home to numerous bicycling clubs, including 
Florida's oldest cycling club, Capital City Cyclists, which hosts several 
events each year that attract large numbers of riders.

        In addition to the features noted, Tallahassee has made other strides 
toward making bicycling and walking safer and more feasible within our 
community. Blueprint 2000 has spent (or designated) $25-27 million in funds 
toward bike/ped facilities, including creating approximately 28 miles of 
sidewalks and bike lanes and designing an additional 18 miles that are awaiting 
construction. Further improvements to the mountain bike trail system are also 
being prepared in Tom Brown Park, including building Magnolia Trail near the 
Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center and making improvements to 
upper Cadillac Trail. The City is also planning to study, inventory and 
prioritize trail connections in the urban area.

        To aid cyclists and walkers, the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning 
department is in the process of developing a Web page with an interactive map 
that will illustrate bicycle and pedestrian facilities and their locations 
within our community.

        According to LAB, the BFC program is revolutionizing the way states and 
communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation 
networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward 
improving their bicycle-friendliness. The application to become a BFC is 
rigorous; currently, only 124 of the 318 total applicants have received a BFC 
four-year designation. The renewal process and four levels of the award - 
platinum, gold, silver and bronze - provide a clear incentive for communities 
to continuously improve.

        LAB promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and works 
through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League 
represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 
300,000 members and affiliates. For more information on the Leagues, please 
visit www.bikeleague.org.

        Contact: Lynn Barr, CRTPA, 891-6801; or Lizzy Kelley, Communications 
Department, 891-8533
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