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Feds award $263,600 grant to DeBary to make thoroughfare safer for walkers and cyclists

Feds award $263,600 grant to DeBary to make thoroughfare safer for walkers and cyclists

DeBary is a hub for three trails with a combined 600 miles of paved bike lanes, but the city also wants to make its citylong…

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DeBary is a hub for three trails with a combined 600 miles of paved bike lanes, but the city also wants to make its citylong U.S. 17-92 corridor safer for people using feet and pedals to travel. The city of DeBary has been awarded a $263,600 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make its main thoroughfare, U.S. 17-92 , safer.

The grant will allow the city to work with the Florida Department of Transportation to devise a safety plan that will lead to wider pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, and even golf cart operators while narrowing traffic lanes and lowering speed limits to quiet traffic.

Between 2018 and 2022, the city has seen 1,500 crashes and 73 serious injuries, according to Shari Simmans, DeBary’s communications, economic development and government affairs.

More widely, the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metro area was ranked in 2022 as the worst in the nation for pedestrian deaths by one study. There have thus far been 23 vehicle-pedestrian fatalities and four involving people on bicycles in Volusia County. ‘Bike Capital of Central Florida’

DeBary markets itself as "the Bike Capital of Central Florida." Three major trail systems − the Coast-to-Coast, the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, and the Heart of Florida Loop − join at the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Dirksen Drive, just a mile north of a SunRail commuter train stop.

"Everything we do is with a trail mindset," Simmans said. "We require developers to put trails in that connect with the major trail systems. We want our […]

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