A survey conducted by the City of Orlando’s Transportation and Planning department took an in depth look at the existing cycling infrastructure in City limits recently.
We took a moment to choose four of the projects that really caught our eye and listed them below:
1) Expansion of the OBT Trail that could open up more of the northwest portion of the City with a 3.5 mile connection between College Park and Rosemont. It would run along the east side of the Orange Blossom Trail on existing sidewalks.
Estimated Cost: $3,410,000
2) Orlando Urban Trail West Segment 2 would be the western section of the Orlando Urban Trail. It would provide a 2.9 mile connection between Shingle Creek Trail and Downtown Orlando. It would serve three schools and multiple parks.
The path would consist mostly of a 12-foot off-street path and run along roadways and through public property.
Estimated cost; $4,500,000
3) Orlando Urban Trail, West Segment 1 Would connect the 1.2 miles between Tampa Avenue and Division.
Estimated cost: $1,660,000
4) The Downtown Central Trail would run the 2.5 miles between Michigan Street and Gertrude’s Walk. The route will most likely run along Division and Anderson Street.
Estimated cost: $20,000-$3,220,000
You can read the in-depth report HERE .
this seems to more or less ignore the people who live east of orange, between Michigan or Gatlin and Anderson, or am I reading something wrong.
Jessica Ritter, Nate Ritter
While i applaud the wayfinding signs on Summerlin, Livingston, and Delaney, and the addition of “bikes may use full lane” signs on narrower roads, someone needs to enforce the hoards of drivers being aggressive to people on bikes. I’ve seen this particularly on Delaney in Sodo and Summerlin in Thornton.
I think the most obvious bike path addition is connecting the Dinky Line Trail (OUT) to Gertrude Walk downtown. This is included in the “ultimate I-4” project.
A smaller, but very useful new trail would be to convert the alleyway behind Will’s Pub into a bike path and connect that to the Dinky Line. This would provide a safe alternative to riding on 17-92, and also connect Mills50 to the Ivanhood and downtown (once the Gertrude Walk connector gets built). The Ivanhoe/Mills50 area already has one of the most bike friendly cultures in Orlando even though we have few actual bike lanes or paths. I have brought this idea up with the city several times and the transportation engineers (the City department that designed the most unsafe streets for cyclists in the country) just want to shoot the idea down immediately: “we don’t have all of the right of way” or “businesses use that alley for deliveries”, etc. Always a chorus of “no” instead of a chorus of “why not?”
Better still…have OPD enforce the “pedestrians have the right of way”
rule and start issuing tickets to those individuals who, with malicious indifference, do not yield to
peds at existing bike and walkways. Bet we could fund the cost of more
trails from all the violators within one year.
Downtown, please, between Marks Street and Church Street.
It would be great if the city can figure out a way to have an off street trail linking up to the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden