Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Delray residents continue push for sidewalks, bike lanes - Sun Sentinel

Click title for link for some Delray Beach residents' opinion about the need for a sidewalk and bike network. I've been involved in some projects in Delray recently and this issue came up in two instances. One was related to a large project in the downtown area and another in the Lake Ida neighborhood. Thuy Shutt, who is quoted in the article, is an urban planner. She points out that it can be a complicated and expensive project to accumulate adequate right-of-way for dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks. This was discussed at a recent Planning and Zoning Board meeting, with recommendations eventually coming before the City Commission.
Resident Jim Smith said city officials need to start setting aside money for sidewalks, bike lanes and shared lanes now. With the recent announcement of added passenger lines on Tri-Rail Coastal Link, he said thousands more people will hit Atlantic Avenue without cars.
"They will be looking around for sidewalks and bike lanes," he said. "We need to be ready for them."
The downtown core isn't the only place residents pushed for more sidewalks and bike lanes.
Resident Bruce Bastian said Lake Ida, Tropic Palms and Tropic Isle neighborhoods also need attention.
"We need sidewalks in these major arteries," he said. "It's challenging for kids, walkers and cars to travel on the same road."