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Dude, Where's My Bike Lane?
Thu Nov 20, 2003
Source: CyclingNews

FLORIDA - Cyclists in Florida are campaigning to have a decision reversed that has denied them a bike path along one of the few roads in Palm Beach County that is safe and highly used by bike riders.

State Road A1A winds along Florida's Atlantic coast. It has low speed limits, moderate traffic and is extremely scenic. As a result it's a hugely popular riding spot. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to resurface State Road A1A in the near future. Knowing that there is a high level of bicycle traffic on A1A, FDOT, in accordance with Florida laws, planned to install a bicycle lane along the entire 27-mile length of the resurfacing project.

However, according to local cycling activists, plans for the bike lane have been thwarted by a group of local homeowners forming an organisation called Save Our Seacoast, Inc. Members of Save Our Seacoast have convinced Florida governor Jeb Bush to block the installation of the bike lane. Cycling campaigners allege that Save Our Seacoast is motivated by the self-interest of these homeowners, who have encroached into the public right of way with driveways, landscaping and privacy walls.

Activists are calling on Florida residents to write to Governor Bush requesting that this decision be reversed and a bike lane be installed along A1A. The Governor's address is:

Jeb Bush, Governor
Executive Office of the Governor
400 S. Monroe Street
The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001

Email: jeb.bush@myflorida.com

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