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Orlando spends $100K on bike trail study

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The City of Orlando already has a comprehensive bike trails master plan, but thanks to a $100,000 federal grant, they plan to upgrade it.  The city will spend the money on a consultant who is expected to freshen-up that study. Project Manager Jeff Arms told us what they hope to get with your tax dollars.

"We look to refine our alignment of some of the trails in our study, as well as come up with more detailed cost estimates so we can estimate how much funding we'll need to connect our trail network," he said.

They also have to figure out where and how they can work with other local governments to connect Orlando's trails with other popular trails like the West Orange Trail.  Arms tells us biking is a big deal to city of Orlando residents.

"When our Parks Department did a study for their needs, they found that biking and walking trails was the most popular requested thing, so we found that there's a lot of popularity and demand on our trails."

When we took to the streets to ask about the spending, Nicole told us it was a waste of money.

"A bike lane is a waste of money. If we're going to be making lanes for anything, I think it should be for the overpopulation of cars that we currently have."

The city says it just does not have the level of expertise to avoid using a consultant for this project. You may be wondering why the city didn't just use the grant money to build actual bike lanes, instead of doing another study.  Officials say $100,000 can only build about a quarter-of-a mile worth of bike trail.

They plan to take the results of this study back to the federal government and use it to ask for trail construction funding.

 

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