Before a divided City Commission voted 4-3 today to proceed with plans to convert part of New York Avenue downtown into a two-way bicycle path, the project was endorsed by two people who said they were skeptical initially. More
Nearby residents have a message for people driving around Lake Morton: Put down your phone and watch out for the lake’s many human and winged pedestrians. The neighborhood association meets with city officials tonight at 7 at 1001 Success Ave. to discuss solutions to the distracted driving that has injured a runner and killed five swans in recent weeks. Among the possible solutions are five proposed by the city that are the subject of an online survey.
The potential “traffic calming” solutions are aimed at refocusing driver attention. They include “bulb out” pedestrian landings, landscaped medians, painting lines to mark parking spots, raised crosswalks and reflective flashing beacons. Learn more about the options here and here.
Take the survey here. It is open through Oct. 8.
A new research center at Florida Poly University, the Advanced Mobility Institute, will focus on safety of autonomous vehicles. The university is working alongside Suntrax, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise’s test track being built nearby.
City crews plan to paint a diagonal crosswalk at Cleveland Heights Boulevard/Scott Lake Road and Lake Miriam Drive on Tuesday as part of a series of changes aimed at improving safety for students walking to Lakeland Highlands Middle School, city officials announced this morning. More
NW LAKELAND: The future of transportation in northwest Lakeland — cars, buses, bikes, walking — will be the focus of a public Florida DOT workshop Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Coleman Bush Building, 1104 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
LIME STREET: Lime Street south of the RP Funding Center will be closed to most traffic for two weeks starting Monday as crews upgrade pedestrian crossings and sewer lines. The work is associated with hotel construction that will shift the parking that’s currently closest to the Youkey Theatre to the lots south of Lime | Detour map
To test the effects of downsizing Florida Avenue in Dixieland, planners anticipate separating cars from pedestrians with a low, four-foot-wide concrete barrier and decorative planters.
After seeing artists’ concepts for the planned “road diet” today, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority board member Eric “Bro” Belvin said he views the test as a needed boost for Dixieland businesses, their customers and nearby residents. More
The intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Ingraham Avenue is about to get some bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements; during construction, drivers going around the lake can expect to detour around the intersection for up to 2 1/2 weeks. More
Starting in two weeks, Legacy Flights will offer three weekend day-trip flights from Lakeland to Key West. Cost is $199 for Florida residents, $299 for others. For now, it’s down in the morning and back the same evening, but overnight stays are envisioned for the future. The company is hoping to expand to other island and Southeast destinations | Check flight times