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Proposed changes to Midtown promote pedestrian safety

Posted at 5:19 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 17:19:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Changes could be on the way for Midtown.

The Capital Region Transportation Agency is unveiling its plan to improve the quality of life in that neighborhood.

Currently, riding a bike or walking on the sidewalk through Midtown is doable, but not without safety concerns.

And that's what transportation leaders are focusing on with this new plan, making Midtown a safe destination.

"Midtown is a unique area where we've seen a lot of the pedestrian activity grow up, but it was not really designed for that," said Kristin Dozier, Leon County Commissioner District 5.

It's no secret, Midtown is a highlight of the Capital City, but leaders say there's room to get better.

"It's already a destination place but probably a much bigger destination place with the opportunities that open up for the businesses in the area," said Greg Slay, Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency Executive Director.

The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency wants to widen sidewalks and add bike lanes to roads in Midtown, especially Thomasville Road, Gadsden Road and parts of Monroe Street.

The idea is that improving safety could provide all-around benefits.

"The pedestrian safety components can help support the businesses that are there existing, future businesses but also keep everyone safe," said Dozier.

Proving that this proposed project would not only improve the quality of life but also keep everyone safe.

"This is a more quality of life project, but focusing on the pedestrian activity. It's a pedestrian area there's not a lot of sidewalks in that area," said Slay. The sidewalks that are there are very narrow, so just overall trying to improve that aspect of the area."

If you'd like to voice your opinion about the proposed project, there will be a meeting on Nov. 6 at the Tallahassee Senior Center.