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TPO completes pedestrian and bike safety study

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Updated: 8/24/2013 8:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two deadly crashes in one short morning. A pedestrian and a cyclist were both killed on local roadways. Neighbors say some streets have become far too dangerous to be in anything but a car.

"I wouldn't ride around anywhere in Jacksonville," said neighbor Tom Simmons.

Simmons has lived in Jacksonville his whole life. He says he's tired of hearing about his neighbors walking and biking around town and getting hurt.

"I wouldn't ride around and I love riding my bike," said Simmons.

But the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is hoping its new master plan will change people's perspectives. They've surveyed nearly 27 hundred locals to find out where improvements are needed to keep bikers and pedestrians safe.

"Where do you add bike lanes, where do you need more sidewalks," said TPO representative Marci Larson.

The survey pinpointed three main Jacksonville intersections neighbors say need immediate improvement: San Jose Boulevard and Beauclerc Road, Five Points in Riverside and downtown Atlantic Beach near Atlantic Boulevard and Third Street.

The TPO says they recognize the urgency of fixing these danger zones.

"That's why we did a master plan," said Larson.

The TPO is still looking for public input on areas that need to become more bike and pedestrian friendly. They are accepting comments on the website through Sept. 16.
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wishmistress - 8/24/2013 11:06 AM
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Typical Jax. Build. Build. Build. Then decide where to put things so that they can tear it up and REbuild. This has never been a pedestrian/bike friendly place. All bike/walking paths should be built OFF the main roadways. There should be a curbing at the very least. Preferably, there should be curbing and landscaping/terrain between streets/walkways/businesses. Roadways are for cars.
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