A transportation system is not complete without bicycle and pedestrian elements. These travel options provide essential connections to the region's transit system and are particularly important to create walkable communities. A strong bicycle and pedestrian program gives Central Floridians an option for travel beyond one person in one vehicle. It creates a community where it is possible to live, work, and play in the same area.
Planning for Bicycles and Pedestrians
The main strategy used to develop the bicycle and pedestrian parts of MetroPlan Orlando's plans centers on filling gaps in the trail, sidewalk, and bicycle lane networks. Additional considerations include increasing access to transit, improving pedestrian safety, corridors with high pedestrian traffic, and areas with poor accommodations.
MetroPlan Orlando's Pedestrian Safety Action Plan addresses the need to improve the physical environment for pedestrians as well as the driver and pedestrian behaviors needed to reduce accidents. Our partner Best Foot Forward, a community-wide pedestrian safety coalition, aims to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries by 10 percent annually during the next five years.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee actively advocates for bicyclists and pedestrians during the planning process. All plans that eventually get adopted by the MetroPlan Orlando Board go through the advisory committees for input prior to official adoption.
Click below to learn about the bicycle and pedestrian portion of the 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan.
Planning and Design Resources
When planning for transportation, planners and engineers must keep bicyclists and pedestrians in mind as well as motorists. To that end, MetroPlan Orlando provides several resources for planners:
Visit our maps section to create your own bicycle map or to view bicycle maps provided by our partners.
Spot Improvement Form
If you need to report a small physical problem on a path or roadway that could pose a safety hazard for bicyclists, please fill out our Spot Improvement Form.
Few of us have received a comprehensive cycling education, and the informal education some of us receive from observing others on the road at times makes cycling less safe. While there are fairly good resources for cycling safety information in print and on the web, nothing can replace or compare to the quality of information and personal feedback from participating in a class with a qualified instructor.
Here are two good course options:
This course from Florida Bicycle Association teaches bike handling skills, the facts and techniques of cycling in traffic, and culminates with an on-road tour in which students put their new skills and knowledge into practice.
Traffic Skills 101
This course from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) covers bike fit, equipment selection, nutrition, bike handling and traffic cycling principles. To find a course or instructor visit the LAB website education section.
If you'd like to start your bicycling education online, here are some resources to give you a good start:
- Ten Things Motorists Should Know About Bicycling
- Florida Bicycling Street Smarts (Florida Bicycle Assocation)
- Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide (Florida Bicycle Assocation)
- Group Riding Brochure (Florida Bicycle Assocation)
For additional information about MetroPlan Orlando's bicycle and pedestrian program, contact Mighk Wilson, smart growth planner, at 407-481-5672 x318.
For information about the Florida Department of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian program, contact Joan Carter at (386) 943-5459.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Archive
Visit the bicycle and pedestrian program archive to view all documents related to this topic.