I attended the Space Coast TPO (Transportation Planning Organization's Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan Public Workshop on February 12, 2013. At that meeting Lee Holt presented the status of various trails and routes around the Space Coast. She said that FDOT had awarded a contract that would commence in March, 2013 and would have lines painted and the causeway opened to cyclists within 18 months. She added that she hoped it would be much earlier. It's important to realize that they are not planning any modificatoins to the causeway itself other than signage and painting. The dangerous on- and off-ramps will still require caution.
Especially dangerous is the off-ramp onto State Road 513, South Patrick Drive (see photo), where the bike lane suddenly disappears and is replaced by a cement sound barrier wall. At this exit, cyclist are expected to take the entire traffic lane as though they were a car. Hopefully cars speeding across the causeway will know to slow down at the off-ramp before they plow into the cyclists who are squeezed between a cement wall and a hard place! Planned warning signs and painted lanes should help make motorists more aware of cyclists.
This is how we'd like it to be.
This is the way it is now: