Friday, December 24, 2010

DOT Bicycle Lane Policy

Many people send me emails about bike lanes. Specifically, does local government or the DOT have to stripe a bike lane when doing roadwork? One bicyclist from Clearwater asked this question this week.

Lori Snively, the bicycle-ped coordinator for the Florida DOT's District 7 which covers the Tampa Bay area, offered this:

"It is the goal of the Department and in accordance with Section 335.065, Florida Statutes, Bicycle and pedestrian ways along state roads and transportation facilities: “(1)(a) Bicycle and pedestrian ways shall be given full consideration in the planning and development of transportation facilities, including the incorporation of such ways into state, regional, and local transportation plans and programs. Bicycle and pedestrian ways shall be established in conjunction with the construction, reconstruction, or other change of any state transportation facility, and special emphasis shall be given to projects in or within 1 mile of an urban area."

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