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Conn Riders, Help Your Florida Brothers!(2 posts)

Conn Riders, Help Your Florida Brothers!Bill B
Dec 30, 2003 5:49 PM
State Senator Williaim Nickerson representing Stamford, Greenwich and New Canaan has written a letter to Florida Governor Jeb Bush stating his oppisition to the addition of bike lanes to State Road A1A during it's upcoming renovation in Palm Beach County where he owns a winter home. Rep. Nickerson sits on the Conn house's transportation committee, please let him know that his attitude toward cycling will affect your vote at re-election time.

www.safebicycling.org

www.senatereps.state.ct.us/senainfo/nickersonf6.htm
more info...gf99
Dec 31, 2003 4:38 AM
Money and connections trumps the public interest. What else is new. This type of thing really burns me up. Good luck down there and let us know how it turns out.

This report filed November 21, 2003 (VeloNews)

Help Floridians get bike lane on A1A

Editor:
As an avid cyclist and long time reader of your publication, I am writing to ask for your help in generating awareness about an important issue in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Recently, a group of wealthy homeowners have banded together to form an organization to prevent the installation of a bike lane on a state road though their town. This seaside road, State Road A1A, is by far the most popular road in the entire region with cyclists of all types - from families on the way to the beach, to Olympic-caliber cyclists out training.

The organization of homeowners, Save Our Seacoast, is politically connected and very influential in the community. This group is fighting the installation of a bike lane because they have encroached on the state-owned right of way with walls, landscaping and driveways that lead to their oceanfront homes. The installation of a bike lane would mean that the state would be using the right of way it already owns for the few feet of added pavement width. Fearing loss of landscaping, the homeowners have started an all-out war.

Save Our Seacoast has contacted the governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, urging him to halt plans to install a bike lane on A1A. Several members of Save Our Seacoast even took the time to fly (in a private jet) to Tallahassee to meet with the governor's chief of staff. The last news out of Tallahassee is that the governor is sympathetic to their requests and will ask Florida's secretary of transportation to remove the bike lane from the roadway plans.

The cycling community does not have this type of backing or resources, and we cannot get an appointment with the governor's chief of staff. We are asking that VeloNews assist the cyclists of Florida by posting an article on their web site mentioning the ongoing battle. Interested readers can write Governor Bush, stating their opposition to allowing the rights and safety of cyclists to be trampled on by a privileged and politically influential group.

Governor Jeb Bush can be emailed at bush.jeb@myflorida.com. Florida Secretary of Transportation Jose Abreu can be emailed at jose.abreu@dot.state.fl.us

Lois R. Clemente