Leon County Bicycle Route Network
Draft Leon County Bicycle Route Network maps - Now Available
Development of the Leon County Bicycle Route Network
Tallahassee and Leon County residents are fortunate to be surrounded by a beautiful natural environment that encourages alternative transportation choices for both daily travel needs and also recreational enjoyment. Many of the region's most beautiful trails, including the St. Marks Trail, the Georgia-Florida-Alabama Trail and the Apalachicola National Forest trails are just a short ride away. However, one of the missing pieces in our bicycle network is an on-street cycling route structure that provides safe and comfortable access to the central City area and many of the County's urban destinations.
What is a Bicycle Route?
A bicycle route is typically an existing roadway with lower traffic volumes that is conducive to cycling. Roadways identified as part of a bicycle route network illustrate that a citizen can easily and safely reach many destinations by cycling without having to use busy arterials more suited to automobile traffic. Bicycle routes connect the community by designating bicycle-friendly roadways between destinations. Routes are identified by informational signage identifying the roadway as a bicycle route. This designation alerts motorists to expect cyclists along the roadway, with the intended effect of increasing safety for all users. Major routes will also be designated with wayfinding signage, displaying the direction and distance to nearby attractions.
Building the Leon County Bicycle Route Network
In an effort to establish a well-connected, user-friendly bicycle network, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have been working with local cycling groups over the past 1½ years to identify potential bicycle routes and connections to existing cycling facilities with the goal of adopting and designating a comprehensive bicycle network throughout the urban areas of Leon County. The bicycle route network for the Mobility District was the first step in achieving an interconnected and formally marked bicycle network for the community, providing access to key destinations throughout the District. The proposed system is based on county-wide “feeder routes” recommended and tested by Capital City Cyclists (CCC) and Committee for Bikeable Community (CBC) members. Public input was critical in helping to expand the network and in late 2011 the proposed routes were released to the public for feedback both at public meetings and on the Planning Department website.
In 2009, the City of Tallahassee was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists' and honored as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community for a mixture of policy, infrastructure and planning efforts in relation to bicycling within the community. Over the past four years, the City of Tallahassee has continued these efforts to improve opportunities for safe cycling within our community. The City will reapply for Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2013. Leon County will also submit an application for first-time designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2013.
Continued Development of the
Leon County Bicycle Route Network
Please note that the bicycle routes identified on the draft maps are subject to revision dependent on route testing and feedback from the public. Want to help us improve the route network? Please e-mail us and let us know about your experiences along segments of the proposed routes and any thoughts regarding the proposed bicycle route network.
Mobility District - Proposed Bicycle Route Maps (2011)
The above map will open as an interactive PDF - click on map above and then on the route numbers to view maps of each route, including information on connecting bicycle and transit routes! On the individual route maps, click on the links in the box in the top right-hand corner to view maps of connecting bicycle routes, route connectors and even check the StarMetro transit schedule for each route!
Information About the Proposed Bicycle Route Network
- Proposed Routes
Roadways identified as proposed routes are primarily lower traffic volume roadways that are more conducive to cycling. These roadways may or may not have bicycle improvements. If adopted as part of the bicycle route network, future improvements along designated roadways may include signage, bicycle lanes or shared roadway designations.
- Proposed Route Connectors
Roadways identified as proposed route connectors serve to connect various routes, neighborhoods and other points of interest within the proposed network. These roadways may or may not have bicycle improvements.
- Potential Future Routes
Roadways identified as potential future routes may be adopted as part of the bicycle route network pending facility or route designation improvements (i.e. addition of a bicycle lane or shared roadway designation). There may or may not be currently funded improvements along these roadways.
- Funded Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements
Currently funded improvements that will increase mobility for cyclists and pedestrians are also identified on the route maps. Look for these improvements to improve travel options in the coming years. More information on planned bicycle and pedestrian projects within Leon County can be found through the interactive Needs Plan map application. Get current information on under construction projects in your area and see what's being built in our community!
Click the icon to view the Needs Plan Map for Mobility Projects