The City of Lakeland celebrates Multimodal Month during June. The kick-off to this event will be on June 1st from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. as part of the First Friday festivities themed “Taking it to the Streets”. Downtown Lakeland streets will be filled with bicycles, running shoes and buses. Local bicycle and fitness shops will be on location along with running clubs, cycling clubs and the Citrus Connection will show off their latest buses. The Florida Department of Transportation will also be on hand with a bike rodeo and free bicycle helmets for younger riders. The Multimodal Month celebrations will be combined with the usual First Friday atmosphere including live music and hands-on activities.
Tony Delgado, Deputy City Manager for the City of Lakeland said, “The goal of Multimodal Month is to facilitate the use of multiple modes of transportation, leading to a reduction in automobile use and vehicle miles traveled.” Multimodal refers to the various transportation resources that include pedestrian foot traffic, bicycles, car pooling and mass transit that are used to assist residents in getting from point A to point B.
The Citrus Connection is promoting Multimodal Month with a number of events that introduce art in the daily commute. Citrus Connection riders will be able to vote on their favorite artistic bus wrap. Fine art disciplines that include painting, poetry, music and dance will be featured June 18th – 21st on various bus lines during peak travel times starting in the mornings at 8 a.m-10 a.m. and the afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. On June 22nd, the Lakeland Downtown Bus Terminal will host musicians and other live art forms throughout the day. Later that afternoon, the terminal will be transformed into a catwalk when a mobile Platform Art Fashion Show arrives by bus around 5:30 p.m.
Multimodal planning includes the design of a safe, comfortable and attractive pedestrian environment, with convenient interconnection to transit. Common elements include the presence of mixed-use activity centers, connectivity of streets and land uses, transit-friendly design features, and accessibility to alternative modes of transportation. Delgado said, “We have a number of partners who have come together with a number of great events to help introduce our citizens to alternative modes of transportation.”
For more information and to find a calendar of all the events planned for Multimodal Month, please visit www.commuterservicesfl.com. Commuters and multimodal participants will find a host of useful items on the site including a tool to track walking, biking, carpooling and mass transit use.