Gainesville Citizens for Active Transportation held a Gainesville City Commission candidate forum on Feb. 9 where the nine election-seeking candidates offered solutions to a variety of transportation issues, including bicycle safety.
This is an issue people should take into consideration when choosing who to vote for, said Chris Furlow, GCAT President. Advocates said bicyclists should pay attention to which candidates have transportation on their list of priorities.
Bicycle safety impacts the daily lives of Alachua County residents, Furlow said. A census poll revealed 30.9 percent of workers 16 years and over commute to work via bicycles.
Avid cyclists like Ron Quisling said this transportation issue may be something bigger than city commissioners can handle.
Alachua County is expanding sidewalks from 5 ft to 7.5 ft in busy areas like 16th Ave. to ensure safer travel for pedestrians and bicyclists. Bike lanes are also being added in an effort to keep Gainesville bicycle friendly.