Bicyclists anticipate renovations on busy road, sidewalk safety addressed

Posted at 6:52 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 18:52:39-04

Local bicyclists are finally seeing results after years of pushing for safety changes along a popular road in North Fort Myers. This week, Lee County Commissioners are expected to approve a million dollar plan to build a sidewalk on Hancock Bridge Parkway between US 41 and Moody Road.

When Dan Moser hits the road he's taking his chances and so are pedestrians. He says from a driver's sea, even when you think you may be going slow, minimal speed can kill a pedestrian.

"Anything over 20 or 30 miles per hour is almost surely fatal for a pedestrian if they get hit," he said. "We have one of the worst records unfortunately for safety in the state of Florida and Florida is the most unsafe in the country."

Moser says the county is in need of sidewalks and bike paths. Now a million dollar project is in the works to build and enhance a sidewalk along a busy road in Lee County. The new sidewalk will run along the north side of Hancock Bridge Parkway, stretching from US 41 to Moody road. The project will also mean widening the sidewalk on the south side. Moser says it's a step forward for our growing population.

"That's long overdue because there is a sidewalk on the south side but that's it."