You’ll not find any bike lane project in the new draft cost feasible plan. Nothing along the Tennessee St/Mahan Dr corridor in spite of it being a US bicycle route. No bike lane on Olson Rd, a rare connection over the I-10. No uphill bike lane on Woodward Avenue connection College Town to the FSU campus. In a somewhat extraordinary move the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) eliminated all 31 proposed bike-lane projects from the needs plan. The reason? It is hard to calculate the costs, as some may need right of way, some may need getting rid of on road parking, some may need stormwater facilities. While some of these arguments have some validity for a few of the projects, many of these projects have their origin in the 2004 Leon County Bike/Ped Master plan, and had a pricetag attached to them all this time. It is certainly no reason to eliminate all 31 bike lane projects from the long range plan. Capital City Cyclists and other local cyclist have made it clear to the commissioners on the CRTPA board that they find this not acceptable. Bike lanes need to stay one of the options in the long range plan.
This is not to say that the plan does not have anything in it for cyclists. There are Blueprint projects, but they are financed by local sales tax. Of the state and federal dollars in the first time period (called Tier 2 2020-2024) the cost feasible plan proposes the Florida Arts trail, a shared-use trail along SR 12 connecting Quincy and Havana. It proposes a shared use trail from the Wakulla Environmental Institute to US 98, part of the Capital To The Sea trails. In Leon County it contains the section of the Goose Pond Trail from Mahan/Fort Knox Boulevard to Weems Rd. Allthough Leon County has 75% of the population of the 4 county area the CRTPA plan proposes less than 20% of the available federal and state dollars for bike/ped infrastructure to go to Leon county, and nothing to the MultiModal Transportation district. While the FLorida Arts trail and Capital To the Sea Trails are great projects, Tallahassee commuters get short-changed.
The next meeting on this draft transportation plan will be a public meeting April 27 at Jack McLean Community Center at 6 pm -7:30 pm. Please attend if you can.