Gainesville is designated a Bronze-level community due to its outstanding enforcement practices, complete streets implementation, and land development ordinances that support walking. Walking in the City of Gainesville is also supported by good transit and parking policies. Highlights of Gainesville’s application include:
- Several miles of new sidewalk has been constructed in Gainesville, via capital projects and private infill development. Plus, city code has been updated to require wider sidewalks within urban areas.
- Gainesville is implementing a non-motorized count program and is using the data to identify locations with high pedestrian volumes and crash incidents, and support decision making regarding walkability improvements.
- The City of Gainesville is commended for using interagency collaboration to improve pedestrian safety. The Gainesville Police Department speaks or meets once a week with City traffic engineers, which helps both agencies identify problem areas and potential solutions. Traffic crash calls in the City have been lowered by 32 percent in the last five years. The Police Department also meets once a month with State traffic engineers.
- There is strong local support for a complete streets approach to roadway projects in Gainesville so most new roadway projects are focused on providing additional connectivity for all users. Sidewalks, multi-use trails, bicycle lanes, and other non-motorized traffic facilities are routinely funded as part of roadway projects. One recent example is the road diet that was applied to a 1.5 mile stretch of Main Street. Travel lanes were reduced from 4 to 2; while bike lanes, a center turn lane, and pedestrian refuge island were added. The project also filled sidewalk gaps.