The following has been copied from Rails To Trails Website.
According to a report released on Monday, Nov. 9, 20091, four Florida communities topped a national list of the 52 most dangerous large metropolitan areas for pedestrians2.
While this is news to many, it comes as no surprise to many state officials who have been aware of this problem for more than a decade. During that time Florida communities have consistently held these top spots on this list! Other measurements are equally dismal.
Our state governor and legislature plan on hosting a special session in December to focus on a $2 billion request for federal transportation funds to build a new high-speed rail system connecting Orlando with Tampa. Any new system must connect the places where people live, work, play and learn through trails, sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and should be included in initial planning. Trails, sidewalks and bicycle lanes must be included as intermodal links.
As they stand, these proposed plans might do away with the 29-mile Van Fleet State Trail altogether, without even consulting the trails community. A rail-with-trail could prove to be a very practical solution to accommodate multiple uses along the same corridor. We must act now to influence the legislature's thinking before that session.
Please join countless other Floridians who are calling for change by sending a message to our state leaders. Please go to the following link and (Again) Ask Florida state leaders to improve safety for Florida's pedestrians
EZ Biker has already visited the website and included his name on this IMPORTANT issue! For those that might want to send a letter via snail mail, I have setup a word doc with the purpose letter and person of contact at the following link. (If it comes up half page, hit your refresh button)
1“Dangerous by Design,” authored by Transportation for America (a national reform group of which RTC is a proud member) and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership. Available online at http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign/
2Orlando-Kissimmee, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, and Jacksonville