Orlando Sentinel: Future of Corrine Drive is focus of new study

MetroPlan Orlando is kicking off a one-year study of the Corrine Drive corridor from U.S. 17/92 to Bennett Road. The road will be addressed as part of their new Complete Street initiative, which aims to take the needs of people biking and walking into account during road design.

BWCF joined planners and community advocates for a kickoff meeting of the study. Community members will be encouraged to provide input, sharing their experiences and ideas so that the road can be fitted to meet the needs of the community. Read more about the meeting in the Orlando Sentinel’s article below.

Future of Corrine Drive is focus of new study

By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel

A study asking what should be done with Orlando’s Corrine Drive, once a main route to a major Navy base that no longer exists, launched Monday with a gathering of planners and community advocates.

MetroPlan Orlando has launched a study of Corrine Drive, focusing on how to transform the road from one that was once used by military vehicles to a corridor better suited for local businesses, walking and cycling. The road is bordered by Orlando and Winter Park. (Kevin Spear / Orlando Sentinel)

Expected to take at least a year, the study will center on how to give Corrine more of a neighborhood feel that serves walkers, cyclists and dozens of eclectic businesses and restaurants. The road runs along Audubon Park in northeast Orlando.

Orange County owns the road, but it is maintained by the city of Orlando as it skirts the southern border of Winter Park. Its users include local yoga, cafe and pub patrons, as well as outsiders on the way to Interstate 4.

There is a pressing need for at least one solution, said John Pokomy, president of ProductionHUB, a film and television staffing company just off Corrine Drive.

“It’s not safe,” said Pokomy of what it’s like to walk across the broad Corrine Drive, a 35-mph corridor that has a pair of drive lanes in each direction, a center lane for turning and parking on both sides.

The study is being managed by MetroPlan Orlando, which helps coordinate transportation issues in the region, under a “Complete Streets” approach that accounts for trucks, cars, walking, cycling and public transportation.

In the first months of the study, MetroPlan will seek public comment from people who live and work along the street, as well as neighbors who visit or travel through the area. The organization ultimately will recommend a plan for Corrine.

MetroPlan can be reached at [email protected] or 407-481-5672. The organization will make presentations to community groups if invited.

“I like data,” said Jennifer Marvel, director of Audubon Park Garden District, adding that numbers would help clarify what might otherwise be guided by emotional responses. “What does the data show?”

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Read the article originally published on the Orlando Sentinel website.

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City of Orlando Project Update: North Bumby Path

Bumby Avenue between Colonial Drive and Corrine Drive has been shut down for constructions since April of last year. The bad news is that it won’t be done for another year. 

However, the good news is that the road will not only be better for motorists, but also bicyclists and walkers when it reopens. Read the article below to see how the City of Orlando is taking advantage of the construction on this popular roadway.

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The new North Bumby Path is part of the City of Orlando’s continued efforts to improve and enhance our transportation options to connect more of our residents to jobs and opportunity, promote active lifestyles and reduce our impact on the environment.

While Bumby Avenue is under construction to address flooding and road surface issues, the City will take advantage of this opportunity to construct a new off-street, shared-use path, in the right-of-way, for biking and walking that will be completed at the same time as the current project in the spring of 2017.

The new path will consist of 10-feet-wide asphalt pavement in most areas and run along the east side of Bumby Avenue from Rosedale Road to Corrine Drive, providing a safe route and further connecting the neighborhoods and our Audubon Park Main Street in this key corridor in our City.

This new path is another way the City of Orlando is making investments in our infrastructure to enhance the safety of our cyclists and pedestrians, including adopting a complete streets policy, adding new sidewalks, enhancing pedestrian signals with audible countdowns, installing bike repair stations and wayfinding signage, expanding our bike trails and marking the first sharrow route to connect our Orlando Urban Trail to the Cady Way Trail.

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The City of Orlando gets Complete – Streets, that is

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To become a world-class city, the City of Orlando is working to become more “complete” – with an addition of a Complete Streets policy that will help ensure that roads that are repainted and redesigned are done so with bicyclists, pedestrians, drivers, and transit users in mind. In September, the City of Orlando reviewed a draft of a proposed Complete Streets policy during their Municipal Planning Board meeting and the draft was approved. Next step? Formal adoption of the policy language by the City Council in January 2016.

Complete streets aren’t new to the city. Edgewater Drive in College Park was converted using Complete Streets concepts in 2001 and was recently highlighted as a national model for Complete Streets by Smart Growth America. The change included adding bicycle lanes, a center turn lane, and wider on-street parking. Since then, total collisions have dropped 40% and the crash rate was nearly cut in half. Drivers weren’t the only people affected – the number of people on bikes increased by 30% and the number of people on foot increased by 23%.

The success of Edgewater Drive is proof that Complete Streets work and will greatly improve our roads. This policy is a welcomed change for Orlando, a city ranked the deadliest place to walk in the county in Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design report.

We can expect to see this policy formally adopted as early as January 2016. Here is the official timeline:

August 2015: Draft Policy

September 2015: Municipal Planning Board Approval

January 2016: City Council Formal Adoption of Policy Language

You can read the current draft of the policy here.

Complete Streets policy adopted in City of Longwood

CompleteStreet2As part of its commitment to provide safe transportation options for all users, the City of Longwood adopted a Complete Streets policy last month.

It joins more than 720 agencies nationwide in the effort to integrate people and place into planning and designing of transportation networks and comes after the city accepted U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets in March.

A Complete Street is one planned, designed and maintained to comfortably accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and ability levels. And they feature elements such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, full-featured transit stops, and pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented traffic signals, medians, pedestrian crossing islands, curb extensions and more.

As part of Longwood’s Complete Street Policy, the city will integrate Complete Streets design principles, review and improve development design guidelines and report annually to the City Commission on the progress.

Cape Coral adopts Complete Streets policy

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Cape Coral residents are getting more walkable and bike-friendly streets, now that the Cape Coral City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy on Aug. 17 – joining the 720 cities around the country and 48 communities in Florida who are supporting the Complete Streets approach. In that area alone, Lee MPO, Lee Board of County Commissioners, the City of Fort Myers and City of Bonita Springs have all adopted Complete Streets policies.

A Complete Street is one planned, designed and maintained to comfortably accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and ability levels. And they feature elements such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, full-featured transit stops, and pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented traffic signals, medians, pedestrian crossing islands, curb extensions and more.

Cape Coral already has a strong start. Some of its efforts are below:

  • The city completed a 90-mile system of sponsored and signed bike routes in 2014.
  • This year the city and Cape Coral Bike-Ped hosted an evaluation and visit by an expert from League of American Bicyclists and applied for a Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the league.
  • The city joined the USDOT Secretary’s Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.
  • This fall begins the development of Cape Coral Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that will address gaps and issues within its 90-mile biking route system.

Read more about Cape Coral’s efforts and view its Complete Streets resolution at the Bike Walk Lee Blog.