Cycling is a healthy activity for all ages and popular for Leon County residents and tourists. Yet, Florida leads the nation in cycling fatalities, and Leon County has recently seen its share of cycling accidents.
To help make the community safer and provide a safe place for people to learn to ride their bikes, the KCCI 2020 Community Catalyst team will create the first of its kind in the region – an educational Bicycle Park that takes the form of a small-scale sample streetscape, complete with realistic lane markings and possibly signage where riders of all ages can safely learn how to ride. Stationary bikes could also be incorporated to allow for safe exercise – and maybe tie in technology.
The team of volunteer Community Catalysts will ultimately be responsible for choosing the final form and location. The project could replace vacant, underutilized space or be situated near an existing bike trail or park.
A public space dedicated to the activity creates several benefits like improved community health and safer riders. In addition, a diverse outdoor recreation system like this can improve Tallahassee’s economic vitality by providing a high quality of life for residents.
The opportunities are endless with this new, future community space for our region.