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Leon County holds community workshop on transportation, pedestrian safety

Residents want the city to become more walkable
Posted at 4:18 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 04:41:26-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — City and county planners wanted to hear about problems happening in neighborhoods around town and find ways to make Tallahassee and Leon County more walkable and bike friendly.

A problem that people who were at Tuesdays workshop told WTXL needs be solved.

"A car didn't see me until the last second, or the driver didn't see me until the last second, and swerved," Peter Rasloff.

Dangerous situations Peter Rasloff runs into often, since he bicycles to work every day in the Capital City.

He says there are parts of town he doesn't cycle through because there's either no bike lane or he doesn't feel safe with cars speeding past him.

"Someone swerves a few feet which it's easy to do going 50 mph, and a person cycling can be hit and run over, or even a person walking. Those facilities, both the bike lane and the sidewalk, completely inadequate, " said Rasloff.

Rasloff says some parts of Tallahassee have become more walkable and bike friendly.

Whereas other parts of town don't even have sidewalks. Instead you'll see people walking in the grass or biking on the street

The goal of Tuesday's workshop for Mike Alfano and other planners to hear from people like Rasloff and these issues he cycles through daily.

"Whether it's an urban, suburban, or rural place what type of sidewalks and street facilities, as well as bike lanes we would need for those areas. Ensuring that those options are all in place for all our residents to get around our community, " said Mike Alfano, Tallassee-Leon County Senior Planner

The next step - adding this input to the Tallahassee-Leon County comprehensive plan.

To make it safe for Rasloff and others to get around.

If you couldn't be at Tuesday's workshop and have ideas on how transportation and pedestrian safety can improve in your neighborhood visit to fill out an online survey.