I happened to be in a meeting the other day discussing various planned roadway resurfacing projects. FDOT was seeking input on potential opportunities within these corridors that would be more than just the resurfacing/restriping. Edgewater Drive between Par and Forest City Road is scheduled for resurfacing in the next year or so. The City would like to add bike lanes to the corridor to improve cycling conditions. To do so would require approval from FDOT to narrow the travel lanes to 10.5′ and add a 4′ bike lane (5′ if you count the gutter pan).
I call this an opportunity because I’d rather think of it in a positive light than a negative one. How best as a cycling community can we express our desires to improve conditions on this road? Also, improving conditions on this corridor for cycling is a good thing since there are really no other alternate routes, but what would be the best solution?
- Signage indicating Bikes May Use Full Lane?
- Candidate for roadway diet? (reduce from 5 lanes to 3?)
- 5′ bike lane, 10′ travel lanes?
- Narrower inside lanes so that outside lane can be wider?
- Leave as is
This link shows a typical section of the roadway between Par and Lee.
This link shows a typical section between Lee and Forest City.