Big Bend works to become safer, more bike-friendly

Posted at 10:28 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 20:57:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Over the last few years, Tallahassee has worked hard to become more bike-friendly.

Better trails, bike lanes and safety features mean there are more people than ever getting around on two wheels. However, people at a Bike Expo in Tallahassee Tuesday say there's still more work to be done.

Cassie McGlynn rides her bike every day. She says, "That's my main transportation."

McGlynn is not alone; local leaders say they're seeing more people on two wheels. It's not just about going green or losing weight; Tallahassee cyclists say biking can actually help you beat rush hour traffic.

"I have personally found that if I'm going somewhere further away across town, It's honestly the same amount of time to ride a bike there and you're not stop-and-go in traffic," said McGlynn.

Despite the convenience, people in Tallahassee still face roadblocks getting around town. That's why local leaders just started revamping the Tallahassee Leon County Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan hasn't been updated since 2004.

"We ask folks where they start [cycling] and where they're trying to get to, and some of the obstacles they encounter on that particular route," said Greg Slay, Executive Director of the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency. "We're asking them to draw out the route they use."

Officials will spend the next year collecting this data, using information from cyclists to make the Big Bend better for bikers.

"Safety is our top priority," said Slay. "You want something that people feel safe and comfortable riding on, they don't feel exposed."

The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency will be holding more community input sessions this summer. You can also give your opinion online by clicking here.