Naples Pathways Coalition
Safe, bikeable, walkable communities
The plan is based in part upon the information gathered at the NPC Bike/Ped Safety Summit attended by bike/ped citizen advocates from both Collier and Lee counties as well as the assistant Collier County manager; city and county Growth Management, Transportation, and Streets & Stormwater staff; directors of Collier and Lee MPOs; Collier County Sheriff's Office liaison to NPC; members of the Collier County Pathways Advisory Committee; representatives from Blue Zones; head of the NAACP representing walkers; representatives from bicycle shops; and leaders of local cycling, triathlete, and running clubs.
Consideration was also given to addressing NPC's long range commitments, to Complete Streets implementation throughout Collier County, education of at-risk commuter bicyclists, and passage of the vulnerable road users legislation.
This year's plan encompasses the following:
ADVOCACY - Distracted Driver legislation (see Texting and Driving Most Dangerous of Cell Phone Habits); passage of vulnerable road users legislation (pending the election); Complete Streets design principles incorporated into county's Growth Management Plan; Gulf Shore Blvd. bike lanes/sidewalk connectivity; Vanderbilt Beach Rd. bike lanes; Seagate cut through; address increasing problem of road debris with county Transportation Dept. and advocate for more stringent enforcement of laws that penalize vehicle operators and contractors who add to road debris
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY SERVICE - Production of public service announcements to educate adults and children regarding traffic laws and roadway courtesy; Lights for Bikes for service employees in local hotels, hospitals, and restaurants; traveling kids' bike/ped safety rodeo; ongoing work with Collier County Sheriff's Office and Naples Police Department on officer education
The NPC Board of Directors held its annual strategic planning session and has come up with an aggressive plan to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities throughout Collier County.
NPC board members represent the interests of cyclists and pedestrians by participating on key committees and boards.
NPC representatives attend the following city and county meetings.
NPC acts on its convictions and encourages citizen advocacy.
NPC educates motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians through programs and special events.
NPC advocates for the needs of cyclists, walkers, and runners in the greater Naples area.
We work with local and county elected officials and staff on planning and implementing safe pathways and addressing existing problems for non-motorized transportation. This work includes analyzing data and legislation to make a case for improvements or enhancements, serving on key committees that implement change, and attending and testifying at public meetings to raise awareness. We also sponsor programs and events to raise awareness of key issues.
NAPLES PATHWAYS COALITION (NPC) WORKS TO CREATE SAFE, BIKEABLE, WALKABLE COMMUNITIES IN COLLIER COUNTY