|Typical weekend morning--carrying bikes through a muddy, rocky gap in the Cross-Seminole Trail|
The extension of Orange County's Little Econ Greenway from Forsythe Road to the Cady Way Trail should not await funding of millions for a pedestrian bridge over Semoran Boulevard. Cyclists can use the existing traffic light in the interim. [UPDATE 1/22/2014--An Audubon Park Elementary School student is in critical condition after being struck in a crosswalk at or near this intersection in the last week. A Glenridge Middle School Student, also in a crosswalk, was killed at or near this intersection last Fall. It's time to accelerate construction of the pedestrian bridge before another tragedy strikes.] Completion of the Little Econ to Cady Way gap will provide a continuous bike trail and low traffic on-street route from downtown Orlando via the Orlando Urban Trail and Cady Way Trail to the University of Central Florida. MetroPlan should add this gap to the appropriate 5 year funding budget.
Completion of the Orlando Urban Trail to Church Street Station would be a welcome addition, but is awaiting funding for a multimillion dollar pedestrian bridge over Colonial Drive, which may take several years. UPDATE 3/7/14: The Bungalower has reported that FDOT included the construction money for the bridge for 2015/2016.
The cost of accomplishing all this would be miniscule compared to the overall $8.8 billion the State of Florida will spend if the legislature approves the Governor's 2014 funding request.