Aug. 5, 2019
New Palafox Street Bike Lanes Ready for Use
Bicyclists can now take advantage of new bike lanes along a section of North Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola, part of the City of Pensacola's efforts to become a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly community.
The bike lanes were added through the North Palafox Road Diet Project, which transformed part of North Palafox Street into a multi-modal and shared roadway for vehicles and bicyclists. Work on the project is substantially complete, and the lanes are open and usable. Some minor touches are expected to be finished in the next week.
"It's a great feeling to see these bike lanes completed and know we're providing a safer way for bicyclists to travel downtown," Mayor Grover Robinson said. "This is just the beginning of our goal to create a more bikeable, walkable city and better connect our community. I'm looking forward to completing additional projects throughout the city as we work to implement a complete streets concept that encompasses all modes of transportation."
Through the North Palafox Road Diet Project, the existing four-lane section of Palafox Street between Cervantes and Wright streets was converted into a two-lane, multi-modal roadway, with the current outside lanes changed into bike lanes and on-street parallel parking in both directions. The section of Palafox between Wright and Garden streets was modified into a “share-road” to allow for both motorists and bicyclists to share the travel lane.
The project also added approximately 40 new parking spaces along North Palafox Street. The work area included the section of North Palafox Street between Garden and Cervantes streets.
The City of Pensacola awarded a contract to Gulf Coast Traffic Engineers Inc. of Pensacola for construction of the North Palafox Street Road Diet Project.