This post is alittle in depth.
I live in S. Florida (Ft. Lauderdale) and have been riding all over for commuting, fun,
and exercise for 15 years. I used to enjoy on road biking as a way to clear my mind.
Over the years, me and my bike have encountered stupid drivers on exactly 3 occasions.
I lost all 3 battles. The first i ended up under the bumper inches from the tire, the second
was a drunk driver, compound leg fracture and 6 months of therapy, the third was a
criminal with a PERMANANTLY suspended license made me a hood ordiment while running
a red light (hit and run). (on the bright side, I was cussing the guy the whole time
I no longer like riding on the road. The term "Shellshock" comes to mind. So now my
riding takes me to off road trails and a few rail trails. Problem is, there are no 20+ mile
paths in Broward county.
South Florida has a system of canals and dykes that criss cross the state from Miami, to
Ft. Lauderdale to Naples to Lake Okachobee to Tampa. Most canals are paralleled by a
earth **** about 15-25 feet high. Some people already ride these dykes (no jokes please
from Ft. Lauderdale to Lake Okachobee for a distance of 55 miles. No cars, no drunk drivers,
no idiots with cell phones.
All of the land mentioned is owned by the state government.
So here's the question: how do I get this land designated as a park/path/right of way.
There's no land to buy, no buildings in the way. and it would be a GREAT path connecting Weston
(west of Ft. Lauderdale), Sunrise, Coral Springs, and mabie Palm Beach. A part of this path
is near a state park anyway.
I would really like to see a project like this work, but I simply don't know where to start.
Any help, suggestions would be appreciated. Would anyone want to start a community group
or a special interest group (is that what they are called?)