The Seaside Institute hosted a Transportation Symposium that discussed healthy options and enhanced mobility throughout Walton County. As you can see in the diagram above, these improvements are not only anticipated for 30a, but for multiple roads in the area.
These enhancements will provide for contiguous walking paths so pedestrians don't need to keep crossing the road to get to a paved path. And also a separate lane for autonomous vehicles and carts. Providing space for, and promoting the use of, electric vehicles makes sense for our seaside community. These vehicles can help improve air quality and decrease chemicals from storm water run off to our watershed.
Getting cars off the road is another way to maximize efficiency of 30a. Public transportation is starting this year. The diagram above shows how this system is being planned to grow throughout the County.
But the centerpiece of planning is to ensure we are using 30a in a healthy and efficient way. The diagram below shows plans for one section of 30a.
The top of the drawing shows a multi-use path for pedestrians, cruiser type bikes and non-motorized scooters. Trees and landscaping separate this path from 2 mobility lanes, for carts, autonomous vehicles and racing bicycles. At the lower part of the drawing are the lanes for cars.
This transformation can be done in the existing right-of-way. It will cost less than new roads and won't have the impact to habitat and environment of carving up the forest. And this type of forward thinking and planning is what I will support and champion as Commissioner.
In the next blog, let's talk about "free" efficiency aids that we could use right now.