Hillsboro Boulevard Bike Improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation has engaged the Corradino Group to upgrade the bicycle infrastructure along Hillsboro Blvd. The work is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

Here are the changes:

  • Military Trail to NW/SW 2 Terrace –
    • 4-foot bike lane
  • NW / SW 2 Terrace to NE / SE 2 Avenue –
    • Sharrow symbols to designate that the outside travel lane will be shared with vehicles
  • NE / SE 2 Avenue to US 1 –
    • 7-foot bike lane

The map below shows where the various changes will be made.

Bike lanes along Hillsboro Blvd
Bike lanes along Hillsboro Blvd

 

Why do I care about bicycle infrastructure?

Do you want to live in a livable city? I do. A livable city  is one in which public spaces are safe and inviting for people to go about their business and where alternative means of transportation are available.

There is a national surge in the recognition of the humble bicycle as a means for transportation. For shorter trips, it’s all you need. For extended trips, it can provide for the first and last mile in combination with trains or buses.

For me, using the bicycle is also about turning travel time into an enjoyable experience. Take the video in this post, for instance, which shows my kids going to the library. We could have gone by car, in which the ten-minute trip would have been a chore. The 20-minute bike ride, on the other hand, is a destination in itself and one in a series of trips that bring us us closer as a family.