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A More ‘Walkable, Bikeable’ Pensacola

December 28, 2011

An environmental group will implore the Pensacola City Council to implement policies that foster a more sustainable city.

Sustainable Gulf Coast/Pensacola 350 will present A Citizen’s Proposal: Global Problem, Local Solutions. The group would like to see the city adopt strategies that “ensure Pensacola’s future health and resilience,” according to a statement.

The proposal calls for Pensacola to join other cities with an eye for the future, as they “reverse the sprawl of the past four decades and are more competitive in attracting creative young people to their vibrant urban centers and walkable, bikeable neighborhoods.”

The Jan. 12 city council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall. For more information on Sustainable Gulf Coast/Pensacola 350, call 572-7230.

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  • John Peacock January 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    James, I agree. Accountability to the voters is the only way we will fix the system. The only way to do that in Escambia County without consolidation is to turn the appointed administrator position into an elected office, ie County Executive or County Mayor. That office would be the executive branch and the commissioners would be the legislative branch.

  • james January 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Ames I am afraid the only hope of moving the county forward is a change in the form of government and I am not talking about consolidation. Current system is just flat broken and incapable of achieving meaningful progress.

  • D. A. Lindsey January 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I’m all for more opportunities to bike and walk in Escambia County. I just wish more walkers/joggers/bikers would obey the rules. Don’t cross against the light. Ride/walk with the flow of traffic, not against it. Especially downtown, many joggers in particular act like they own the road and that “don’t walk” sign doesn’t apply to them.

  • Ames December 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    James, I’m afraid you are probably correct and that is a very good reason for the citizens of the county to make those who stand in the way of progress to get out of the way.

  • james December 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    sorry Ames – the county is more concerned with finding a miracle worker to save the white elephant equestrian center. Now if Roads, Inc can get a piece of the pie to build 500 miles of bike paths around the county the commissioners might just get interested. This assumes the commissioners do not screw up the sealed bid process – again.

  • John Peacock December 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Gindroz gave this concept to the Pensacola City Council years ago and they promptly ignored it. The only chance for this to happen is for the Mayor to take the lead!

  • Ames December 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

    The group should be meeting with the county instead.