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Critical Mass, a gathering of bicyclists and skateboarders, will take place Friday at Munn Park in Lakeland.

It is the first of what are planned to be regular rides held the final Friday of each month. Critical Mass, which originated in San Francisco and has spread to cities throughout the world, brings attention to cycling and other forms of transportation as alternatives to driving.

Participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. and begin their ride at 6 p.m. Helmets are recommended. Maps of the ride route will be shared before the ride begins.
*copy courtesy of @theledger


FDOT Promotes “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow – Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” Campaign at Mayfaire by-the-Lake 2014.

 

Bartow – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues its successful “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow – Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” bicycle/pedestrian safety campaign during Mayfaire by-the-Lake 2014 this weekend along the shores of Lake Morton in Lakeland.  FDOT staff will offer bike/ped safety tips and hand out various safety items (while quantities last), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11.

 

            In Florida, one in five traffic fatalities is a pedestrian and one in 20 is a bicyclist.  FDOT District Secretary Billy Hattaway is the statewide champion leading Florida’s initiative to reduce fatalities among bicyclists and pedestrians. 

 

“Florida has too many bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, and Polk County is one of the 10 worst counties in the state,” Hattaway said. “We’re taking steps forward with our bike/ped partners in the county to identify potential treatments and educate people in the community. We need to change their behavior with the goal to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.” 

 

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow emphasizes four important behaviors for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on our roadways:

 

  • always use the crosswalk,
  • look before crossing,
  • stop before turning on red,
  • yield to pedestrians.

 

 

“Learning the rules and making sure to follow them every time will help reduce fatalities and injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.  The state initiative and what it can accomplish is critical,” Secretary Hattaway said.

 

On Saturday, May 10, Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs will join Secretary Hattaway at FDOT’s tent directly across from the main food court from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They will be available to discuss bicycle safety with media and members of the community. 

More information about “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow – Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” is available at http://www.alerttodayflorida.com/.

 

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CITY TO START CONSTRUCTION ON

LAKE BEULAH TRAIL PROJECT

 

LAKELAND, FL (December 9, 2013) – During the week of December 9th, City of Lakeland crews will start construction on the Lake Beulah Trail project in Downtown Lakeland. 

 

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding the Lake Beulah Trail in order to beautify this gateway into Lakeland and the surrounding neighborhoods and to improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons.  Through this project, the existing five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be replaced with an eight to ten-foot wide asphalt multi-use trail.  This project also includes the installation of decorative lighting along the trail, landscaping and transit stop improvements including the construction of a new transit shelter at the Hartsell Avenue intersection.

 

Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2014.  Periodic lane closures are possible throughout the duration of this project.  Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for construction workers within the project area.

 

For more information, contact Mike Whigham at (863) 834-3300. 

 

 

 

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Beginning July 8th, City of Lakeland construction crews will remove and replace the West most driveway at the Lake Hollingsworth Yacht Club.  Along with the driveway apron, a portion of the recreational path will be replaced.  For approximately 3 days pedestrians will be detoured into the bike lane for a short distance. Every effort will be made to minimize inconveniences.  Construction is scheduled for one week weather permitting.