Published: May 20, 2011 4:20 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2011 4:20 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Metropolitan Planning Organization unanimously adopted a master plan to improve local roadways.

More than 30 people from different agencies and organizations showed up at the meeting to support the bicycle pedestrian master plan.

Every person who took the podium talked highly of the plan.

The purpose of this plan is to improve bike and pedestrian lanes, and ultimately add more paths along roadways.

A representative for the Florida Bicycle Association told board members of MPO that Lee County's bike and pedestrian fatality rate is about 25 percent, which is double the national average.

Local health officials agree, saying local roadways are dangerous.

Bikers and pedestrians will see the changes from this vote by fall. Taxpayers will mostly likely be forking over the money for this master plan. As for how much, we'll have to wait and see. But advocates of the plan say it's desperately needed.