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BikePalmBeach.org

BikePalmBeach.org

BikePalmBeach.org was created by the Palm Beach MPO to provide a direct connection for users looking specifically for related information and activities of the Palm Beach MPO, as well as an opportunity to share information about community events and resources of interest to the bicycling community in Palm Beach County and South Florida.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study The Bike Suitability Map is HERE Bike Palm Beach Calendar

Click to review the study.

Click to view the Map.

Click to view Safety Information.

Click here to submit a calendar listing

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Click image to view a calendar of bicycle related meetings, events and activities, including guided tours and competitions. Click individual listings on the calendar for details.

The MPO Governing Board approved the new MPO Pedestrian and bicycle Safety Guide at their regularly scheduled meeting of February 16, 2017.

The Bike Suitability Map showcases current bicycle facilities on the major roadways and categorizes them as, "Good", "Fair" or "Caution".

The reverse side highlights laws and practices for safe cycling in every environment. 

 

 


MPO's Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

The Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee - BTPAC, is responsible for advising and informing the MPO Board regarding bicycle and pedestrian issues in Palm Beach County.

Enactment of the 1984 Florida Bicycle Bill required all county and local municipal governments to give full consideration of the bicycle when planning and developing transportation. Florida became one of the nation's leaders in bicycle planning with the creation of a State Bicycle Office, Bicycle Coordinators in each FDOT District, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinators in a number of counties, including Palm Beach. In Palm Beach County, a bicycle-pedestrian advisory committee was formed in 1987, and later expanded to include greenway issues.

 

Meetings

Typically, meetings are held the first Thursday of most months. Meetings begin at 9:07 AM and are held in the 4th Floor  Conference Room, Room 4E-12, next to the MPO office in the Vista Center at 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411.  Check the website calendar and the meeting links below for the current meeting schedule. Meeting agendas and backup  information are posted in advance of each meeting.

Click for the Bylaws - Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

Click here for more information.


Bike Safety and Resources

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and great way to see Palm Beach. View the following laws, guides, and tips before you start your ride.

Click for Bike Safety Guides

Bike Helmet Fitting Guides

  • NHTSA - Fitting a Helmet:
    Helmets have pads of different thicknesses and adjustable straps to ensure a secure and effective fit. Make sure your helmet fits correctly with this guide. Download here.
  • NHTSA - Wearing a Helmet:
    Single-page helmet fit flyer for outreach events and quick reference. Download here.

Bike Laws

  • Florida Bike Law:
    Find the 2016 Florida Statues regarding bicycle regulations. View here.

Cycling Tips

  • Beginner Cycling Tips:
    What better way to get in shape than cycling. Dawn Decaminada shares a few beginning cycling tips to help get you on the road. Watch here.
  • BikeSafe Top 10 Tips for Parents:
    BikeSafe's top 10 list of safe cycling suggestions to keep your children safe. Download (English)  Download (Spanish)  Download (Creole)
  • Basic Pedestrian Safety Tips
    • It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
    • At night, increase your visibility by carrying a flashlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing.
    • Transit users should cross behind the bus to avoid crashes - drivers cannot see in front of the vehicle if you step out into traffic.
    • Use crosswalks or the nearest intersection to safely cross the street.
    • Stay alert in parking lots or around driveways - drivers may be more focused on their destination and not watching for you.
  • Basic Cyclists Safety Tips
    • Use a headlight and red rear light or wear reflective clothing that can be seen from 300 feet.
    • Avoid cycling on sidewalks and watch for vehicles turning left or right, and entering or existing parking spaces and driveways - they may be looking for their next move and not see you.
    • Use hand signals to indicate your next move (stop, left turn, right turn). Now you can officially point to the right for right turns instead of relying on a drivers memory to know the other hand signal. 

Rights and Duties of Cyclists

  • League of American Bicyclists Video:
    Certified traffic cycling instructors demonstrate the rights and duties of cyclists in the United States. The video shows cyclists acting as drivers of vehicles making normal vehicular maneuvers including lane control, lane sharing, left and right turns, through movements and a freeway ramp crossing. View here.

Education and Encouragement Resources

  • Bike Rodeo

    • NHTSA Cycling Skills Clinic: This guide gives a step-by-step approach to planning and initiating a bicycle safety skills event, including instructions and resources for setting up a course and conducting it to meet the needs of all the children participating. Visit resource
    • An Organizer's Guide to Bicycle Rodeo's: This guide outlines a step-by-step approach to designing a successful community bicycle rodeo for children. Visit resource
  • Bike Event Planning

    • Bike to School Day: Planning an Event:This general guide will introduce you to the benefits of hosting a Bike to School Day event.  Visit resource.
    • Bike to School Day: Getting Started Guide:This 8-step to-do list will get you from concept to a reality.  Visit resource.
    • School Pool: Want help planning a Bike to School event at your school? Contact SchoolPool about setting up an event.


Greenways and Trails

The Palm Beach MPO aims to provide an efficient, safe, and effective multi-modal transportation system that accommodates both motorized and non-motorized users. An interconnected system of greenways and trail facilities is consistent with the MPO's vision for the future and complements the agency's bicycle/pedestrian planning efforts. In 2016, The Southeast Florida Regional Greenways and Trails Plan was initiated into the Long-Range Transportation Plan. 

Using the Southeast Florida Regional Greenways and Trail Plan, the MPO is able to coordinate regional efforts to inventory existing walking trails and to propose potential future projects to complete missing links.  Additionally, many of these trails are also designed to accommodate bicyclists and some include equestrian facilities. Click here to view the online greenways map.

The Palm Beach MPO has provided funding toward construction or expansion of numerous trails in Palm Beach County for walking and bicycling.  Some trails are also approved for equestrian use.  Locations, rules and regulations for specific trails in Palm Beach County can be found at the following website links. 

CLICK TO VIEW BIKE TRAILS & RESOURCES

Palm Beach County parks with self-directed bicycle trails

Palm Beach County parks with self directed mountain bike trails

BMX Facilities

Bicycle Rentals Available

MPO Grant Funded Bluegill Trail

Historic Jupiter-Indiantown Trail and Cypress Creek Natural Area

  • Historic Jupiter: Horseback riding, biking and hiking enthusiasts have a new destination in northwestern Palm Beach County. Located west of Florida's Turnpike on the north side of Indiantown Road, Phase I was formally opened with a ceremony held March 24, 2012. The project was constructed by Palm Beach County's Department of Environmental Resources Management with federal stimulus grant dollars provided through the MPO.

 


Bike News

Spring 2017 Commuter Challenge

  • The Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade MPOs are partnering with Palm Tran, Tri-Rail, and South Florida Commuter Services to host a spring commuter challenge that encouraged those working in Palm Beach County to leave their vehicles at home! The free competition promoted better health, decreased congestion, saving money, and improving the environment. Employees from businesses, agencies, and organizations of all sizes were encouraged to participate throughout the month of March. Miles commuted via walking, biking, bus, train, trolley, or carpool were logged and top commuters were announced at a culminating event at the end of the challenge.
2017 Florida Bike Month Activities
Above: 2017 Bike to Work Day photos in Downtown West Palm Beach  Above: Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Safety Campaign photos in Palm Springs (at the Forest Hill and Military Trail intersection) 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study

The Palm Beach MPO conducted the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study to formally The final Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study was adopted by the MPO Governing Board at their February 2017┬ámeeting.analyze five years of pedestrian and bicyclist crash data in Palm Beach County and develop evidence based recommendations for safety countermeasures, educational strategies, and performance targets. The final Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study was adopted by the MPO Governing Board at their February 2017 meeting.


Master Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan

Palm Beach MPO's Bicycle, Greenways, Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BGPAC) is responsible for advising and informing the MPO Board regarding bicycle and pedestrian issues in Palm Beach County. This committee worked hard for more than a year to develop a new Master Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan which was approved by the MPO Board at their March 17, 2011 meeting.

The purpose of this plan is to provide a foundation on which future decisions regarding bicycle transportation will be based, including both long and short range strategies and actions that will most efficiently integrate bicycling into the overall multi-modal transportation system in Palm Beach County, FL.

Public involvement was key in the development of this plan, beginning with a series of regional public meetings held throughout the county in April 2010. A draft plan was presented at a public open house in December 2010, and posted online with a request for public comments for more than 30 days in December 2010 and January 2011. The resulting Final Plan posted below takes into consideration all feedback received from the public. After review by the Technical Assistance Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee, this plan was approved by the MPO Board at their meeting of March 17, 2011. 


 


Other Resources

Check out information on other agencies and organizations promoting bicycling in Palm Beach County.

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