Q; What is a bicycle or pedestrian facility?
A: A Bike Lane is a portion of a roadway designated by signing and pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists. A bicycle lane is generally designated in each direction.
A Shared Use Path is a facility 8 to 12 feet wide, physically separated from the motorized vehicular traffic that serves bicyclists and pedestrians.
A Sidewalk is the portion of a county right of way or easement dedicated to Lee County designed for primary use by pedestrians. Unless prohibited by local ordinance, a sidewalk may legally be used by a bicyclist consistent with Florida Statute 316.2065(5a-9 and 10).
Q: What do I need to do to request a bicycle or pedestrian facility?
A: Submit a written request to Lee County Infrastructure Planning staff and make a presentation in person to the BPAC members. The request should include a detailed description of the proposed project and a contact person. The request will be placed on the next available BPAC meeting agenda. Send requests to David Wagley, Lee County Infrastructure Planning, 1500 Monroe St., Ft. Myers, FL 33901-5500. Requests may also be submitted by email to DWagley@leegov.com. Call 239-533-8502 with questions or comments.
Q: What is BPAC?
A: The Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) evaluates bicycle and pedestrian facility needs for recommendation to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). BPAC conducts regular meetings open to the public. The BOCC appoints the 11 committee members who represent each commission district as well as bicycle or pedestrian interest groups.
Q; What criteria are used to select projects?
A: BPAC primarily uses a point scoring system based on surrounding area land use, distance to public facilities, connectivity, and planned transportation facilities. Complete Streets review, available right of way and cost data also play a role in prioritization. More information about the point scoring system may be found here.
Q: How long will it take to get a project approved and constructed?
A: The recommended BPAC list of projects is the basis for adding improvements to the five-year CIP based on projected revenues. The cost of the current list of approved projects is greater than current available revenues. Sidewalks on local streets and in lower-density residential areas have typically been given a lower priority. Funding sources such as taxing districts through the Municipal Services Taxing and Benefit Unit (MSTBU) process are an option for neighborhood sidewalks or traffic calming measures. When a project is funded, it may take several years for completion. Design and permitting of a project typically takes one year. Construction typically takes one year from completion of design.
Q: What are Complete Streets?
A: Complete Streets is an initiative taking place in progressive communities all over the country and right here in Lee County. It's goal is to retrofit and design streets that are safe, comfortable and accessible to users of all ages and abilities. Users include pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders as well as motorists. Staff provides technical and administrative assistance to BPAC in systematic review of County-maintained facilities for bicycle and pedestrian needs.