St. Lucie Bicycle / Pedestrian Systems Analysis

The St. Lucie Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the primary agency responsible for transportation planning in the urbanized area of St. Lucie County. The MPO retained Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to prepare a Bicycle and Pedestrian
Systems Analysis. This report summarizes the data, analysis, and findings of this effort. The purpose of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Systems Analysis is (1) to provide necessary data to the MPO for coordinating with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) regarding spending box funds dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian improvements and (2) to serve as input to the Greenways and Trails Master Plan. Data collected include presence of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, shoulder type, bicycle and pedestrian trip information, and bicycle and pedestrian crash analysis. The data collected focus on roadway data that can be used to evaluate on-road bicycle and pedestrian improvements (bike lanes and sidewalks) that are typically eligible for transportation funding.

Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are important components of a multi modal transportation system that enhance bicycling and walking aviable transportation options. Facilities such as bike lanes and sidewalks designate space for these travel modes and augment the range of travel options available. The need for conducting the effort described in this document was established in the FY 2006/2007 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Data needed to evaluate the potential implementation of on-road bicycle facilities has not been collected since the 1995 St. Lucie MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Systems Analysis up dates the roadway inventory data, bicycle and pedestrian usage quantification, and crash an analysis performed in 1995 with recent data (Circa 2007).

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