Close the Gaps, Coast-to-Coast & Regional Loops
Saturday I attended a ride from County Line Station to a Close the Gaps event at Winter Garden City Hall on the West Orange Trail. This ride was hosted by Metroplan Board Chair Daisy Lynum. Among the presentations were a fascinating history of Winter Garden—boom, bust and revitalization—from Jim Crescitelli of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and an overview from Mighk of the regional trail networks and what’s needed to complete the Coast to Coast Connector.
Winter Garden is an excellent case study for the economic impact of a rail trail. You can learn more about the history of Winter Garden here. You can also download this PDF of the presentation. There are no notes, but the images are interesting.
The following slides are from Mighk’s presentation. This first slide shows the original idea for a regional trail network, created in the 1990s:
The slides below show each of the networks that are planned today.
About the legends: The blue lines are gaps that are funded and ready for construction, the red lines are gaps that are ready for construction and just need funding, the orange lines are gaps have been planned, but require land acquisition or design as well as funding.
Coast to Coast Connector Call to Action
Bicyclists, bicycling organizations and local government officials are all hoping Governor Scott will sign the appropriations bill that will fund the Coast to Coast Connector. You can express your support by writing to the Governor. You can craft your own letter and send it to:
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of FloridaThe Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Call the Governor’s office at: (850) 488-7146
Or use this form to send him an email.
You can also sign this petition by the Rails to Trails Conservancy.
Below is some background information to help with making your case.