Alternate Transportation Modes
The Mobility Section of the
Updated Estero Community Plan Should Answer the Following Questions
Describe the form and function of your ideal
connectivity systems for Estero—
roadways, sidewalks, bikeways, trails, transit,
Where are interconnects appropriate and not appropriate?
Are there areas where future road corridors or segments would make
driving/bicycling/ walking more convenient?
Can the rail right of way or other features in the community be used
for linear park systems?
Are there areas that should be served by local transit?
Are there areas where the sidewalks and bikeways are not continuous
and need to be completed?
Are there commercial developments without good pedestrian
Are there roads or intersections that are unsafe?
The Estero Community Planning Panel is presently
working with the community to answer these questions and incorporate
them in the updated Estero Community Plan.
and Bike and Pedestrian Plans for Estero
gave an overview of the BikeWalkLee organization at the May 11th ECCL
meeting. Formed in 2009, the group currently has a coalition of 42 organizations
consisting of health providers, planners, and community organizations, as well
as bicyclists. The ECCL was one of the first community organizations to support
BikeWalkLee focuses on all modes of transportation and are advocates of
complete streets policies. Complete streets is a new way of planning and
building communities by offering safe, attractive and convenient access for all
transportation users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit
riders of all ages and abilities.
The group is involved with transportation and land use and overall planning
through attendance and participation at meetings of the Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) and Lee County Commission. They recommend looking at entire
corridors, not just a portion of a street, when making transportation
improvements. They also believe that complete streets and a balanced multi-modal
transportation system should be imbedded in the Lee County Comprehensive Plan.
As a result of their advocacy:
· LDOT and the MPO addressed five road projects and determined they didn’t need
to four-lane these roads. These roadways will use a complete streets approach
resulting in a two-lane divided roadway with a median, turn lanes and bike/ped
facilities. This design will save the County $56 million.
· A new Bike/Ped travel route from downtown Ft. Myers to the Collier County line
is included in the MPO’s Complete Streets Initiative federal grant application
for a USDOT TIGER grant. USDOT should announce the grant awards by the first
week of June.
· The MPO has initiated a feasibility study development of a multi-use path
along the CSX railway corridor through Estero starting at Alico Road and
continuing south to the County line.
· A bike lane has been approved for Three Oaks Parkway and is in LDOT’s budget
for next year.