Buchanan announces “the thirty mile plan,” investing in Pensacola’s bicycle infrastructure

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Within the first three years of my term as mayor, we’ll add thirty miles of new bike lanes with striped buffers — filling in the gaps in our city’s bike lane network and creating safer conditions for cyclists in every part of our city.

Over time, we’ll upgrade the most-used bike lanes from simple striped lanes to fully buffered, protected bike lanes.

My administration will work with our county and state partners to ensure bike lane connectivity, regardless of city/county lines or which agency is responsible for a roadway.

Last but not least, we’ll ensure that all major road projects incorporate bike lanes and sidewalks.

Below are my picks for the streets that need bike lanes — but more importantly, what are yours? Public input is critical. As mayor, I’ll work with citizens, Bike Pensacola, and a reenergized Bike Advisory Committee at City Hall to finalize routes and put this plan into action.

How do we pay for it?

Some of these bike lanes are already budgeted. For those that aren’t, we’ll utilize Local Option Sales Tax dollars. At an estimated cost of $8,000-16,000 per lane-mile, it will cost less than $1 million to implement 30 miles of new bike lanes with striped buffers. New lanes that are able to be implemented during resurfacing or other road work will have a negligible cost.

Bike Share

The Downtown Improvement Board announced a bike share program would be coming to Pensacola last year — but that initiative appears to have fallen by the wayside.

A bike share system would provide new transportation options and quality of life benefits for residents and visitors alike, and it’s ridiculous that local officials haven’t gotten this done.

As soon as I take office, we’ll begin taking the steps necessary to bring a bike share program to downtown Pensacola.

Bike Racks

It’s basic math: as we add more bike lanes, we’ll have more cyclists who will need a place to park.

We’ll add bike racks to all city-owned buildings within my first year as mayor, and we’ll work with Bike Pensacola and other stakeholders to identify additional placements for new bike racks.

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