City Seeks Help to Keep Bicycle-Friendly Status

bike intersectionWith bicycling taking a higher profile in Lakeland through new bike lanes and Facebook groups, city officials are asking for help as they apply to keep the city’s designation as a bicycle friendly community. Specifically, they would like interested citizens to fill out a survey.

The survey will help the League of American Bicyclists compare Lakelanders’ attitudes about bicycling with a national sample, according to Rick Perez, a senior planner with the city of Lakeland.

Take the survey. Deadline: Sept. 15

The survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete, includes 10 questions about how often you ride bikes, what kind of trips, availability of bike lanes and bike paths, safety and what improvements are needed.

Lakeland’s 2012 designation as a bronze-level bicycle friendly community lasts until this year, so the city has reapplied for the honor. Criteria include community efforts in engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation and planning for bicycles, Perez said.

The city Planning Department recently developed a new map of area bike paths and trails (screen shot below) and compiled data showing Lakeland has:

  • 46 miles of off-road trails
  • 69 miles of bicycle lanes
  • 44 miles of paved shoulder in-street bike facilities
  • 3 miles of share the road routes
  • 311 miles of sidewalks
  • 3 bike boxes

City planners say new bike facilities being planned include:

  • North Crystal Lake Drive Bike Lanes Phase II from New Jersey Avenue to Bartow Road.
  • West Memorial Boulevard Multi-Use Trail from Chestnut Road to Brunell Parkway
  • Westgate Central Trail from Central Park Plaza Shopping Center on Ariana Street to Westside Park & Sports Complex.