TAVARES — Lake County Commissioners presented a resolution this week to members of the South Lake Chamber’s Sports & Tourism Committee, Clermont City Councilman Ray Goodgame and leaders of Building Block Ministries in Minneola, in support of establishing people as the top transportation priority in Lake County.
“I will never forget the day I witnessed a pedestrian being struck by a car on Highway 50,” said County Commissioner Sean Parks, who presented the resolution on Tuesday, April 21 on behalf of the County Commission. “This is why I’ve been such an advocate for sidewalks and safe modes of transit for pedestrians and bicyclists in our county.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 33,000 non-motorist fatalities were reported in 2012 nationwide, which includes pedestrians and pedalcyclists.
As part of the adopted resolution, commissioners will “look to ensure that transportation projects be designed to comfortably accommodate all users to the fullest extent possible; that bicycling, walking, running and public transit accommodations are a routine part of the county planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operating activities; and that bicycle and pedestrian safety is paramount in new construction, reconstruction, resurfacing or other retrofit road and bridge projects.”
“This resolution provides a framework for planners to shift the culture,” said Shannon Hidalgo, Chairman of the South Lake Chamber’s Sports & Tourism Committee. “It also makes transportation options accessible to people who cannot afford a vehicle, and rely on bicycles in their daily lives.”
“I think support of trails, like the newly opened South Lake Trail extension, which is part of the Coast-to-Coast Connector, is key to ensuring safe transit,” added Councilman Goodgame, who also chairs the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization. “Trails and sidewalks are a top priority in South Lake, and this resolution helps support the importance of these means of transit in the community.”