Sarasota News Leader

11/23/2012

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Sarasota News Leader November 23, 2012 "Really, the intent overall is looking at what we can do to improve," she said. The goal is to present the proposed plan to the County Commission next spring, Rozansky pointed out, so changes can be made to the county's Comprehensive Plan and the federal grant fund search can begin. The draft plan notes the county has more than 264 miles "of inventoried bicycle facilities" and more than 1,300 miles of pedestrian fa- cilities. It says, "The County's bicycle network connectivity is concentrated west of I-75, with a few links extending to the east, and limited connectivity allowing north/south travel west of I-75." In preparation of the draft plan, a consultant distilled data from a survey distributed to Page 29 residents from April through October 2011, Rozansky said. The survey was available on the county's website "and placed in strategic locations throughout the County … to reach the maximum number of interested parties," the draft plan says. Among those locations were "local bicycle and recreational stores." The results showed the majority of respon- dents were ages 50 to 69. A subset of that group, people in the 50-59 age range, made up 27 percent of the total, she added. More men responded than women — 53 per- cent to 46 percent, the results also showed. Yet, it is important for staff to have the views of younger people and families with children as well, Rozansky pointed out. A Sarasota County graphic illustration shows locations of bicycle and pedestrian crashes between 2006 and 2009. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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