The City’s bicycle and pedestrian program works to enable Lakeland’s citizens to walk and bike safely and conveniently throughout the city using a comprehensive, expansive, and well-connected network of sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails that integrate safety with roadways. This program is guided by the Lakeland Vision and implemented by the goals, objectives and policies of the City’s 2010-2020 Comprehensive Plan, the Land Development Regulations, and Engineering Standards Manual with engagement and input from the community.
The League of American Bicyclists designated the City of Lakeland a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2012 for its commitment to supporting cycling by improving conditions and creating opportunities. Learn more about Bicycling in Lakeland.
The City of Lakeland is committed to become one of the safest and most attractive communities to walk in Florida. Because of this commitment the City Commission has adopted resolution 5093, submitted by the Lakeland Vision public-private partnership, to apply for Walk Friendly Community
designation. The application will be submitted by December 15, 2013.
Click here to find out more about the Walk Friendly Communities program.
Learn more about Lakeland’s Pedestrian Program
Benefits of Walking and Cycling:
- More Physical Exercise and Better Health: In the US, 72.5 million adults are obese, with associated medical costs of $147 billion a year. (CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
- Save on Fuel Costs: The average American spends $2,000 a year on gas.
- Reduce Traffic Congestion: Congestion cost Americans $115 billion in 2009; $808 for the average commuter. (Texas Transportation Institute)
- Reduce Air Pollution: 175 million people- roughly 6 in 10 Americans- suffer from dangerous pollution levels in their communities (American Lung Association)
- Get to Know Your Community Better: The social interaction possible when the number of people walking increases is a major factor for improving quality of life (WalkingInfo.org).
Walkable places are livable places that create vibrant, healthy, attractive, and valuable communities. Watch this short video by Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to learn more about the basics of walkability.
Lakeland Area Facts:
- 262 miles of sidewalks
- 26 miles of off-road trails
- 62 miles of bicycle lanes
- 68 miles of paved shoulder in-street bike facilities
- 3 miles of share the road routes
- 3 bike boxes
- All of Lakeland’s signalized intersections have pedestrian countdown signals for enhance safe crossings.