March is Bicycle Month in Florida!
Join the Palm Beach MPO as we celebrate Bicycle Month throughout March, to "Live More, Drive Less." Bicycling events and activities include the following:
- BikePalmBeach.org is a new website recently launched by the Palm Beach MPO to provide a centralized source for bicycling related activities and events going on throughout Palm Beach County. Anyone can fill out an online form to suggest an event to be suggested for the calendar.
- March activities:
- Bicycle Helmet Fitting Training - Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Free training intended for elementary school health and physical education teachers; traffic safety, law enforceement, first responders; and community leaders and partners. Presented by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Safe Kids Palm Beach County. Click flyer for registration information and more details.
- Bike Rodeo in the Westgate community - Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Bring your bike and helmet to learn beginner bicycle riding skills at this free family event at Westgate Park (northeast parking lot) 3691 Oswego Ave., WPB, FL 33409. Check for details at BikePalmBeach.org. Sponsored by the Palm Beach MPO and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Volunteer Bike Patrol.
- Bike to Work Day in Palm Beach County - Friday, March 13. Sponsored by the Florida Dept. of Transportation, South Florida Commuter Services, and southeast Florida MPOs.
- Bike to Work Week in West Palm Beach - March 9-13. Presented by the City of West Palm Beach-Mayor's Office of Sustainability and South Florida Commuter Services.
- Proclamations proclaiming March as Bicycle Month:
- Proclaimed by the Palm Beach MPO Board on February 19, 2015.
- Proclaimed by the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners on March 10, 2015.
Local Mayors Join the USDOT Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets
So far, five local Mayors have answered the challenge to mayors and local elected officials by USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx to take significant action over the next year to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The Palm Beach MPO recognizes the following mayors for their leadership:
- Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie
- Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein
- Tequesta Mayor Abby Brennan
- Boynton Beach Mayor Jerry Taylor
- West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Click to learn about the Mayors' Challenge. Mayors' Challenge participants will be invited to attend the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets in March, and their cities will spend a year helping their communities undertake seven activiteis to improve safety. The challenge is based on the 2010 USDOT Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation.
New Guide Offers Ideas to Communities for Safer Walking and Biking
View/ download the guide: "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling"
The Federal Highway Administration just released a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort.
Directions 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Adopted October 16, 2014
The MPO Board adopted the Directions 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) at a public meeting held October 16, 2014. Click for more information and to review the document.
Pantano Trail Now Open West of Jupiter
The Pantano Trail - west of Jupiter - opened on August 5, 2014, for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. More than 65 attended the opening ceremony, many riding horses and bicycles. The Pantano Trail is accessible from Riverbend Park on the south side of Indiantown Road, west of I-95. This first phase of the Pantano Trail was constructed and will be maintained by Palm Beach County's Environmental Resources Management. Click for more information.