Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pineda Causeway Open To Bicyclists, Cameras Will Monitor

MELBOURNE, Florida  -- A pilot project is now underway in Brevard County which allows bicyclists to ride on the Pineda Causeway (State Road 404) legally and safely. 


Bike lane construction recently concluded on the Pineda Causeway which stretches from Melbourne eastward through Merritt Island and to State Road A1A just south of Patrick Air Force Base.  Florida Department of Transportation officials said that upgrades include designated bike lanes as well as improved safety features such as higher bridge railings, and ‘green lanes’ in areas where bikes and motorized vehicles could cross one another’s path.  The green lanes are primarily in the traffic merge areas near US 1 and  SR A1A.


Construction began on the Pineda Causeway pilot project April 1 and was completed in early July. The project cost was $498,000. 


The pilot project was authorized by the Florida Legislature.  As part of the project, data will be collected using miovision-cameras.  FDOT spokesperson Steve Olson said in a release that this data will be used  to support a report of findings and recommendations to be submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House on September 1, 2015.