WUFT News

New University of Florida Campus-Archer Trail Good News for Cyclists

By on September 26th, 2013

A new trail for cyclists and pedestrians has been proposed for the University of Florida campus.

“People who just solely bike like I do, it’ll make things a lot easier and make a nice convenient path to get from point A to B,” said UF student Lara Drondoski.

A three-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail will start near the Hilton on 34th Street, run east along Hull Road toward Shands and connect to the existing bicycle trail at Archer Road.

“In the community there’s a lot of interest in being able to commute by bicycle, and right here on campus, of course you can’t ride right up to the front door of your classrooms very often,” said Linda Dixon, associate director of UF facilities, planning and construction.

The campus section of the trail is coming from federal funding and will cost $2.5 million.

Construction is supposed to start near the end of 2014.

“Everyone is always biking in the city and I love the trails because I’m safe. I’m away from the road, and I know when I bike like to Southwest I’m on the road with the cars, and I don’t like it at all. So I think it’d be great to have another trail there,” said UF student, Kelley Naus.

This path is part of a bigger trail from the city of Archer all the way through Gainesville to the city of Hawthorne.

Last year, the design was rerouted around Haile Plantation.

“There are some loud voices in every community that oppose bike and pedestrian infrastructure, but it really doesn’t bear out in what we need and what we want for our communities,” said Advocacy Director of the Gainesville Cycling Club, James Thompson.

Bicycle paths always have an impact on traffic and Gainesville ranks number seven in the country for the percentage of people who commute regularly by bicycle.

Bicycles and pedestrians share the road with vehicles right now, but this new trail will allow those two to be separated and make everyone a little safer.


This entry was posted in University of Florida and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in University of Florida

A veteran sits outside the ZBT fraternity on University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla. Friday, April 24, 2015.

University Suspends ZBT, Three Members Expelled From Fraternity

The University of Florida has suspended the Zeta Beta Tau chapter on an interim basis while it investigates allegations of disrespectful behavior over the weekend. UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Kratzer wrote in a release: “I am personally […]


Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

UF Zeta Beta Tau Under Investigation After Disrespecting Veterans

The University of Florida chapter of Zeta Beta Tau is under investigation after disrespecting wounded veterans at an event in Panama City Beach. While the fraternity has suspended its actions, the university is looking into further sanctions.


Ayden Geary, 8, comes face-to-face with a Madagascar hissing cockroach. “It’s cute,” he said.

UF’s BugFest Opens To The Public For The First Time

The UF Entomology Club’s fifth annual BugFest opened to the public for the first time on Saturday. Entomology students helped give local children a hands-on experience with bugs, from handling exotic critters to tasting bug-infused cuisine.


The people behind a social media campaign that took root over night are celebrating a little victory for a very big tree. 
After discovering that a unique tree on the University of Florida's campus is scheduled for removal because of construction, a group of students and faculty rallied to save it.

UF Students, Staff Attempt To Save Heritage Trees

The people behind a social media campaign that took root over night are celebrating a little victory for a very big tree.
After discovering a unique tree on the University of Florida’s campus is scheduled for removal because of construction, a group of students and faculty rallied to save it.


schueller

UF Engineering Professor Detained In United Arab Emirates Returns Home

University of Florida professor John Schueller, Ph.D., was in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for a conference was he was detained for taking photos of two embassies. Schueller returned home on Wednesday.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments