SWCC recently contracted with Kimley-Horn engineers to perform a safety study of the 30A/395 intersection, with a focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety. Intersection improvements that were implemented prior to the 2018 tourist season have improved traffic flow considerably. But the risk to pedestrians and those on bicycles is still significant. The study shows that a 40% risk reduction can be achieved by moving the bike path to the south side of 30A.
Florida DOT estimates the cost of a single fatality is $10 million. More significant is the loss of a loved one.
Walton County entered into an agreement with EBSCO that prohibits moving the bike path for 10 years from the date of the agreement (2016). With tourist traffic increasing at double digits every year, traffic will double by 2026, presenting an ever increasing risk of serious injury.
SWCC requests the Board of County Commissioners to seriously consider moving the bike path immediately to protect public health, safety and welfare. It’s the prudent thing to do.
30A/395 Safety Study Donations