Tallahassee Paving The Way To Bicycle Safety

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
July 29, 2013

Tallahassee, FL- For Bill Edmonds riding his bike is a lifestyle. He rides to and from work. He is part of the Bike Route Network, it is a group of local cyclists that encourage people in the area to use their bikes for transportation.

"It's a lot different than driving your car you are a lot more engaged and it's a lot of fun I mean it's my favorite part of the day is just riding to work," said Bill Edmonds, a Bike Enthusiast.

Edmonds says Tallahassee is such a bike-friendly community that he is glad that the city and county are imposing programs to make the road safer for bikers.

Programs like the bike boxes to prevent collisions between motorists and cyclists, and strictly enforcing the three-feet-law on the roadways, but a project that is catching peoples attention is the green ways plan.

"140 miles of proposed trails the idea is to try to connect all of these green way areas that we purchased since the 1990's," said Stephen Hodges, from the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department.

The project is funded by grants and federal funds. It has been in the works for 20 years. The plan is to connect Tallahassee to the Coast.

"Cycling is a way to experience the natural environment without having to get in your car and having to go to location to location," said Megan Doherty, from the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department.

The city of Tallahassee has been recognized for its bike-friendly improvements. The city got the bronze level for the improvements from the 'League of American Bicyclists.'

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