Community Collaboration: Connect the Quiet Streets
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Connectivity is one of our biggest challenges in Orlando. Between the lakes and the bad land use, it seems like a cyclist can’t go more than a few miles on shady, quiet streets without being channeled onto an arterial road. Likewise, motorists have few options for traveling from point A to point B, so those arterials tend to be congested, sending cut-through motorists onto the few connected residential roads. It’s a double-whammy for cyclists.
My explorations have revealed some secret connections and many unused easements or places where little more than a fence stands between networks of quiet streets. The addition of very simple infrastructure could create significantly-improved access to destinations.
We’re gathering this information for Bike/Walk Central Florida, the new local chapter of Florida Bicycle Association. It will be complied and presented to the Metroplan Orlando BPAC. It’s important to have grass roots public input and support to increase permeability and connectivity.
The above map is a collaborative effort to gather your local knowledge and wishes about street network connectivity. Click through to the larger map and edit it yourself. Use green pins and/or lines to indicate existing “secret” connections that allow cyclists (and pedestrians) to connect quiet streets. Use blue pins and/or lines to identify opportunities to create new connections. Please type the city or area into the marker title.
Thank you for your input! Together we are making Metro Orlando better and better for cycling.