The Lee County MPO’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program promotes safe, comfortable, and convenient bicycling and walking for people of all ages and abilities. The MPO supports “active transportation” through planning, funding, policy guidance, program management, and resource development.
Active transportation, which includes walking and cycling, is growing throughout Southwest Florida and particularly in Lee County. Educating the community about the benefits of a transportation system with such multimodal options is an integral part of the MPO’s transportation planning process. This region faces increasing traffic congestion and air quality concerns along with notable rates of obesity and diabetes. Bicycling and walking contribute to both individual and environmental health as well as to the overall efficiency of the transportation network. Importantly, too, bicycle and pedestrian networks that are accessible, direct, and continuous are shown to be economically beneficial to neighborhoods around them and to improve safety for everyone using the roadway.
Benefits of Active Transportation
- Transportation Benefits – reduces traffic congestion, improves safety, calms traffic, preserves road infrastructure.
- Economic Benefits – increased retail sales (restaurants, lodging establishments, retail stores), job creation, and enhancement of nearby property values.
- Environmental Benefits – improved air quality and energy conservation.
- Social Benefits – creates a better quality-of-life by living in communities with more open space and greenways that offer greater opportunities for walking or cycling.
- Health & Fitness Benefits – it is well recognized Americans would benefit in many ways from a more active lifestyle. Bike lanes, sidewalks, and trails promote healthy choices.
In support of ongoing bicycle and pedestrian planning, the MPO works with state and county agencies to bring forward a multimodal transportation system that supports its Complete Streets policy. MPO staff works with public and private stakeholders to promote active transportation activities and projects. Together, the MPO and its stakeholders coordinate bicycle, pedestrian, greenway, and multi-purpose pathway projects, raise awareness about these projects and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in Lee County, and also provide staff support to the MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee (BPCC).
- Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Action Plan 2013
- Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Presentation
- 3rd Edition Bicycle Facilities
- Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
Safe Routes to Schools Program
2016 Call for Project Proposals
FDOT and the MPO are soliciting proposals in Lee County for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds available to public, private, and charter schools serving kindergarten through high school. Total funds and fiscal years when funding will be available were reported at the MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee meeting on September 27.
Eligible projects primarily include pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
The MPO must approve all projects in Lee County. Advisory committees review proposals and make recommendations to the MPO board who endorses proposals. MPO staff signs completed applications and forwards them to FDOT to meet its December 31, 2016 deadline.
Please click links below to download instructions and program highlights and application forms:
2015 Project Proposals selected for funding
FDOT selected two of five applications submitted for Lee County using Safe Routes to School funds for fiscal year 2015/2016:
- $123,392 for construction of sidewalks on Marvaez Street from Winkler Avenue to Commercial Avenue in the vicinity of Orangewood Elementary School. The project also includes installation of crosswalks and signage at the intersections of Marvaez Street with Winkler Avenue and Commercial Avenue.
- $214,883 for construction of sidewalks on west side of Midway Avenue from Canal Street to Edison Avenue in the vicinity of Franklin Park Elementary School. The project also includes marking crosswalks to cross seven intersecting streets.
- Click here to download the application
Ongoing Bicycle Pedestrian Studies
These links are projects identified in the UPWP and are in the process of being completed. Please check our calendar for possible meeting dates/times related to these projects.
- Town of Fort Myers Beach Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
- City of Cape Coral Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
Lee Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Stakeholder Training Presentations
Useful Links & Information