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Local nonprofit looking to create bike park in Tallahassee

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A local nonprofit unveiled a new project for 2020 Thursday afternoon for the City of Tallahassee.

The organization has had a week of activities to help make the Capital City beautiful.

Local nonprofit, Knight Community Creative Institute, wants to create a bike park for Tallahassee in 2020.

This is supposed to be an educational space where members of the community can safely ride their bikes.

The community will decide the size of the bicycle park but it will be in an area that's underutilized right now, hopefully breathing new life into the area.

Executive Director Betsy Couch says the idea for the park came from recent cycling deaths.

“Cycling is a popular activity for residents, visitors and students. But what we’ve also seen is our share of cycling fatalities or accidents in Tallahassee," said Couch. "So we asked what can KCCI do to not only improve our quality of life by make Tallahassee a little bit safer and a little bit healthier."

Volunteers from KCCI will canvas the community getting input from citizens on where they would like the park to be and how it’s going to look,

Couch says the project takes about a year to complete.

In 2018, Florida ranked first in the top ten states for bicycle accidents.

So the goal here is that Tallahassee will come away with a safe place where anyone can go and ride their bikes.