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Proposed Recreation Trail that could connect Naples and Bonita Springs

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Residents have the opportunity to comment on a proposed 70-mile trail that could connect Naples and Bonita Springs, known as the Paradise Coast Trail.

Trails aim to provide pedestrians with a safe place to walk and bike instead of using the roadway.

According to the Alliance of Naples Roads, the Paradise Coast Trail will connect Naples with Bonita Springs, Collier Seminole State Park, Ave Maria and other areas in and out of Collier County.

Michelle Avola-Brown with the Neapolitan Roads Alliance helped generate the idea for this trail.

“It is very dangerous on the road because the driver is very distracted, drives hard and very fast,” Avola-Brown said.

She was also hit by a driver while cycling.

“My foot slipped off the pedals. I almost fell. I recovered, but I was hit by an oncoming car,” she explained.

The trail project is currently under feasibility study. The Naples Roads Alliance, in partnership with FDOT, Collier County and the City of Naples will host an open house for the Paradise Coast Trail Feasibility Study.

Open Wednesday, January 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those who cannot open the door can review and provide comments by multiply here.

People have 30 days to provide input and alternatives to the trail’s location.

Current recommended connections include:

Connection 1 – The planned Estero-Bonita Railroad to the Rich King Memorial Greenway
Connect 2 – Greenway Rich King Memorial to Collier-Seminole State Park
Connection 3 – Baker Park / Gordon River Greenway to Paradise Coast Sports Complex
Connect 4 – Paradise Coast Sports Complex to Ave Maria . Town Center
Connection 5 – Ave Maria Town Center to Immokalee . Community Park

Pedestrians and cyclists at Gordon River Greenway Park say they find it too dangerous to cycle near vehicles, so they use trails like these.

“I would rather have a bike trail. Some of the roads here are very close so I thought a trail inside the park would be great,” says Sue Ehred.

Tim Howard said he has faced too many calls to get close on the road to drivers.

And the scratches and bumps and bruises from avoiding intersections, cars, buses.

Rochelle Fogg likes the idea of ​​a trail but wants cyclists to follow proper procedures when around pedestrians.

“They don’t warn you they’re coming, so if you’ve veered a little left or right you could have been hit by a bike,” says Fogg.

Avola-Brown says the price for the trail could be around $35 million.

The feasibility study will determine if this 70-mile road is feasible before proceeding with the project.

There will be another online meeting on Monday, January 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide an overview of the documents available for public review.

Click here to sign up.

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/01/26/proposed-recreational-trail-could-connect-naples-and-bonita-springs/ Proposed Recreation Trail that could connect Naples and Bonita Springs

Tom Vazquez

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