City Adds New Bike Lanes Along North Palafox Street

Posted: Aug 06, 2019 03:55 pm Updated: Oct 18, 2023 12:29 am

The City of Pensacola is on a mission to make Pensacola a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city, and recently changed a four-lane section downtown along Palafox Street between Cervantes and Wright into a two-lane, multi-modal roadway. The existing outside lanes were converted into bike lanes, and approximately 40 new parking spaces were added along North Palafox Street. The section of Palafox between Wright and Garden streets is now a “share-road” that allows both motorists and bicyclists to share the travel lane.  

The bike lanes were added through the North Palafox Road Diet Project, designed to transform part of North Palafox Street into a multi-modal, shared roadway for vehicles and bicyclists. Mayor Grover Robinson is focused on creating safer connections between Pensacola neighborhoods and destinations, so that all forms of traffic can use the roadways safely. 

"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 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."

The new bike lanes show how the City is able to reinvent local roadways to move more people, more safely and efficiently, and the changes on Palafox provide downtown visitors more options to get around "Florida's Greatest Place."