Lakeland is updating the transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan. The city, along with its planning consultant, Renaissance Planning Group has scheduled a community workshop and open house to get feedback from Lakeland residents about “future bicycle/pedestrian facilities throughout Lakeland —including connections to transit facilities and activity centers (shopping, employment, recreation, etc.)” The city calls the meetings a “pathways visioning process.”
If you’d like to help shape the paths bikes and pedestrians will take through Lakeland plan to attend either event held November 1, 2007 at the Lakeland Police Department Community Room (219 North Massachusetts Avenue):
(1) Open House, Noon to 2 pm
(2) Formal Workshop, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
According to Chuck Barmby, City of Lakeland Transportation Planner, both events are open and require no reservation. However, he’d appreciate an email or call to have an idea of the crowd size. To RSVP or for more information, contact Chuck Barmby at 863-834-6011 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city has some questions to consider before you attend the meeting:
• Would you like to bike or walk to work, the grocery store, the park or to access a bus route?
• What types of bicycle/pedestrian “pathways” do you see as most needed, sidewalks, on-road bicycle lanes or off-road pathways such as those around Lake Hollingsworth or the Fort Fraser Trail ?
• What locations to you feel are most dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Lakeland ?