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BikePalmBeach.org

BikePalmBeach.org

 

BikePalmBeach.org was created by the Palm Beach MPO to provide a direct connection for users looking specifically for related information and activities of the Palm Beach MPO, as well as an opportunity to share information about community events and resources of interest to the bicycling community in Palm Beach County and South Florida.

 Bike to Work Week in West Palm Beach - Click flyer for details, special events, and promotions from merchants.

Join the MPO for a group bike ride into downtown West Palm Beach from the Mangonia Park Tri-Rail station, leaving at 7:30 am on Fri., March 31. Click flyer below for details and a link to the bike route map.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Guide

 The MPO Governing Board will consider approval of the new MPO Pedestrian and bicycle Safety Guide at their regularly scheduled  meeting of February 16, 2017.

 Click to review the study.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Bike Suitability Map is HERE!

The Palm Beach MPO created the bike suitability map to showcase both the bicycle facilities on the major roadways and also the most bikable corridors in Palm Beach County.  The reverse side highlights laws and practices for safe cycling in every environment.  Click on the links below to download your copy today!

Click the image below to access Side 1 (map)

Click the image below to access Side 2 (bike safety information)

 

 

 


Bike Palm Beach Calendar

Click image to view a calendar of bicycle related meetings, events and activities, including guided tours and competitions. Click individual listings on the calendar for details.

Do you know of an appropriate event that you would like for the MPO to consider adding to this calendar?
Click here to submit a calendar listing

Please use the following form to provide us with information on any upcoming events or activities that you would like to see promoted on the Bike Palm Beach website.

Use the link below to attach content such as maps, flyers, logos, etc.

Bike Palm Beach Events

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MPO's Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

The Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee - BTPAC, is responsible for advising and informing the MPO Board regarding bicycle and pedestrian issues in Palm Beach County.

Enactment of the 1984 Florida Bicycle Bill required all county and local municipal governments to give full consideration of the bicycle when planning and developing transportation. Florida became one of the nation's leaders in bicycle planning with the creation of a State Bicycle Office, Bicycle Coordinators in each FDOT District, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinators in a number of counties, including Palm Beach. In Palm Beach County, a bicycle-pedestrian advisory committee was formed in 1987, and later expanded to include greenways issues.

 Meetings:

 Typically, meetings are held the first Thursday of most months. Meetings begin at 9:07   AM and are held in the 4th Floor  Conference Room, Room 4E-12, next to the MPO office in the Vista Center at 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411.  Check the website calendar and the meeting links below for the current meeting schedule. Meeting agendas and backup  information are posted in advance of each meeting.

 

Bylaws:

Click for the Bylaws - Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)


Bike Safety

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and great way to see Palm Beach. View the following laws, guides, and tips before you start your ride.

BIKE SAFETY GUIDES

Bike Helmet Fitting Guides

  • NHTSA - Fitting a Helmet:
    Helmets have pads of different thicknesses and adjustable straps to ensure a secure and effective fit. Make sure your helmet fits correctly with this guide. Download here.
  • NHTSA - Wearing a Helmet:
    Single-page helmet fit flyer for outreach events and quick reference. Download here.

Bike Laws

  • Florida Bike Law:
    Find the 2016 Florida Statues regarding bicycle regulations. View here.

Cycling Tips

  • Beginner Cycling Tips:
    What better way to get in shape than cycling. Dawn Decaminada shares a few beginning cycling tips to help get you on the road. Watch here.
  • BikeSafe Top 10 Tips for Parents:
    BikeSafe's top 10 list of safe cycling suggestions to keep your children safe. Download (English)  Download (Spanish)  Download (Creole)
  • Basic Pedestrian Safety Tips
    • It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
    • At night, increase your visibility by carrying a flashlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing.
    • Transit users should cross behind the bus to avoid crashes - drivers cannot see in front of the vehicle if you step out into traffic.
    • Use crosswalks or the nearest intersection to safely cross the street.
    • Stay alert in parking lots or around driveways - drivers may be more focused on their destination and not watching for you.
  • Basic Cyclists Safety Tips
    • Use a headlight and red rear light or wear reflective clothing that can be seen from 300 feet.
    • Avoid cycling on sidewalks and watch for vehicles turning left or right, and entering or existing parking spaces and driveways - they may be looking for their next move and not see you.
    • Use hand signals to indicate your next move (stop, left turn, right turn). Now you can officially point to the right for right turns instead of relying on a drivers memory to know the other hand signal. 

Rights and Duties of Cyclists

  • League of American Bicyclists Video:
    Certified traffic cycling instructors demonstrate the rights and duties of cyclists in the United States. The video shows cyclists acting as drivers of vehicles making normal vehicular maneuvers including lane control, lane sharing, left and right turns, through movements and a freeway ramp crossing. View here.


Bike Trails

The Palm Beach MPO has led efforts to coordinate regional efforts to inventory existing walking trails and to propose potential future projects to complete missing links.  Additionally, many of these trails are also designed to accommodate bicyclists and some include equestrian facilities. Click here to view the online greenways map.

The Palm Beach MPO has provided funding toward construction or expansion of numerous trails in Palm Beach County for walking and bicycling.  Some trails are also approved for equestrian use.  Locations, rules and regulations for specific trails in Palm Beach County can be found at the following website links. 


Historic Jupiter

Historic Jupiter-Indiantown Trail and Cypress Creek Natural Area
Horseback riding, biking and hiking enthusiasts have a new destination in northwestern Palm Beach County. Located west of Florida's Turnpike on the north side of Indiantown Road, Phase I was formally opened with a ceremony held March 24, 2012. The project was constructed by Palm Beach County's Department of Environmental Resources Management with federal stimulus grant dollars provided through the MPO.

HISTORIC JUPITER

Additional details: Historic Jupiter

Bike News

View information on what's happening in Palm Beach County

  • Spring 2016 Commuter Challenge:
    The Palm Beach MPO is partnering with Palm Tran, Tri-Rail, and South Florida Commuter Services to host a spring commuter challenge that will encourage those working in Palm Beach County to leave their vehicles at home! The free competition promotes better health, decreased congestion, saving money, and improving the environment. Employees from businesses, agencies, and organizations of all sizes will be encouraged to participate throughout the month of March. Miles commuted via walking, biking, bus, train, trolley, or carpool will be logged and top commuters will be announced at a culminating event at the end of the challenge.
     
  • Bike Month Proclamation:
    A proclamation will be made on March 10, 2015 in Palm Beach County Council Chambers to honor Florida Bike Month. Cycling advocated are asked to attend.  Council Chambers are located at 301 N. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach, Fl 33401. A sample template, for local municipalities, can be found here
     
  • Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets:
    U.S. Department of Transportation's Secretary Foxx has issued a challenge to all mayors to promote safer pedestrian and cyclist environments. Learn more here.
  • Bike Rodeo

    • NHTSA Cycling Skills Clinic: This guide gives a step-by-step approach to planning and initiating a bicycle safety skills event, including instructions and resources for setting up a course and conducting it to meet the needs of all the children participating. Visit resource
    • An Organizer's Guide to Bicycle Rodeo's: This guide outlines a step-by-step approach to designing a successful community bicycle rodeo for children. Visit resource
  • Bike Event Planning

    • Bike to School Day: Planning an Event:This general guide will introduce you to the benefits of hosting a Bike to School Day event.  Visit resource.
    • Bike to School Day: Getting Started Guide:This 8-step to-do list will get you from concept to a reality.  Visit resource.
    • School Pool: Want help planning a Bike to School event at your school? Contact SchoolPool about setting up an event.

Master Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan

Palm Beach MPO's Bicycle, Greenways, Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BGPAC) is responsible for advising and informing the MPO Board regarding bicycle and pedestrian issues in Palm Beach County. This committee worked hard for more than a year to develop a new Master Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan which was approved by the MPO Board at their March 17, 2011 meeting.

The purpose of this plan is to provide a foundation on which future decisions regarding bicycle transportation will be based, including both long and short range strategies and actions that will most efficiently integrate bicycling into the overall multi-modal transportation system in Palm Beach County, FL.

Public involvement was key in the development of this plan, beginning with a series of regional public meetings held throughout the county in April 2010. A draft plan was presented at a public open house in December 2010, and posted online with a request for public comments for more than 30 days in December 2010 and January 2011. The resulting Final Plan posted below takes into consideration all feedback received from the public. After review by the Technical Assistance Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee, this plan was approved by the MPO Board at their meeting of March 17, 2011. For more information, please contact MPO Bike-Ped-TDM Coordinator, Franchesca Taylor at FTaylor@PalmBeachMPO.org or 561-684-4170.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study

A Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study was presented to the MPO advisory committees and Governing Board at their October 2016 meetings.


Other Resources

Check out information on other agencies and organizations promoting bicycling in Palm Beach County.

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