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TAC backs plan for bike paths in Beach Parkway, Agualinda neighborhood

By Staff | Dec 14, 2011

Cape Coral Transportation Advisory Committee members vowed to continue exploring adding bikes lanes to the Beach Parkway and Agualinda Boulevard neighborhood on Wednesday.

Made up of City Council members, the TAC approved bringing the matter before the entire council for a discussion.

Councilmember Kevin McGrail said the addition of the bike paths will make a loop around certain parts of the city, allowing for greater connectivity for all biking enthusiasts.

“Connectivity is everything to the biking community,” he said. “It isn’t much of a bike path if you ride down the street and have to turn around and come back.”

City Public Works Director Steve Neff said it would cost $15,000 – $16,000 per mile to install the bike lanes and city staff would be used to do all of the work.

Members of the Southwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association were on hand to show their unanimous support for the bike paths, while Councilmember Chris Chulakes-Leetz said a growing, thriving community like Cape Coral will need as many bike paths as possible as it continues to grow.

“As the city grows we hope to see more bicycles and pedestrians than we do cars … by supporting this project we’ll see that connectivity and growth,” Chulakes-Leetz said.

It’s unknown when the matter will be heard before City Council but the project had the unanimous support of Mayor John Sullivan, Councilmembers John Carioscia, Chulakes-Leetz and McGrail, who sit on the TAC.

City Traffic Engineer Dr. Rashad Hanbali said a survey conducted found that citizens were split in favor of and against the installation of bike lanes in that neighborhood.