Bike routes — our city needs some, and we are on the lookout

By Roger V. Holdener

The “Bike Tallahassee” Web site (biketallahassee.com) created by the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department is a nice tool for any cyclist trying to figure out a good route to take to get from one part of town to another. But it also reveals that there are too many gaps in the routes.

The Committee for a Bikeable Community is attempting to close these gaps in the bike routes, on the paths and on the street bike lanes a cyclist encounters while riding about our city by working with the Tallahassee and Leon County officials.

We are also are plotting out new routes with destinations such as schools, parks and office complexes, routes that avoid major arterial roads as much as possible.

We will actually be riding the mapped out routes and inviting cyclists and potential cyclists to ride with us and rate the various routes. Stay tuned for the invitation to join us.

In the past, bike routes in Tallahassee were marked with a small green sign. There are a few of the signs still standing here and there. The Committee for a Bikeble Community will be submitting ideas for more easily recognizable markers of bike routes.

These signed routes will not only encourage more people to ride they will alert drivers of cyclists on the roads.

The “Bike Tallahassee” Web site (biketallahassee.com) created by the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department is a nice tool for any cyclist trying to figure out a good route to take to get from one part of town to another. But it also reveals that there are too many gaps in the routes.

The Committee for a Bikeable Community is attempting to close these gaps in the bike routes, on the paths and on the street bike lanes a cyclist encounters while riding about our city by working with the Tallahassee and Leon County officials.

We are also are plotting out new routes with destinations such as schools, parks and office complexes, routes that avoid major arterial roads as much as possible.

We will actually be riding the mapped out routes and inviting cyclists and potential cyclists to ride with us and rate the various routes. Stay tuned for the invitation to join us.

In the past, bike routes in Tallahassee were marked with a small green sign. There are a few of the signs still standing here and there. The Committee for a Bikeble Community will be submitting ideas for more easily recognizable markers of bike routes.

These signed routes will not only encourage more people to ride they will alert drivers of cyclists on the roads.

— Roger V. Holdener, member, Committee for a Bikeable Community