Visitors to Sanibel during our “high season” winter months know that traffic can back up to a frustrating degree.
City officials have embarked upon testing a number of pilot traffic management strategies this year. The plan includes changing traffic patterns with technology, education, planning and exploring the reconfiguration of certain roads.
Social media, videos and brochures have been part of their 2016 Traffic Communication Strategy. This past week, the newest component of their strategy launched: Traffic Cams.
Residents and visitors to Sanibel now have access to real-time road conditions on Span C of the Sanibel Causeway, and both east and west bound Periwinkle Way at the Casa Ybel intersection.
The three new traffic cams can be accessed here: http://www.mysanibel.us/traffic/.
“High Season” Traffic Tips:
- During high season, Sanibel Island experiences heavy “on bound” traffic daily from 8 a.m. to noon and heavy “off bound” traffic between 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Avoid driving on and off the island during these peak times if you can.
- Saturday traffic volumes are the highest, while traffic volumes are generally the lightest on Sundays and Tuesdays.
- Travel around the island by foot or by bicycle, and take advantage of the more than 25 miles of beautiful shared-use paths that meander around Sanibel. And to completely avoid traffic, plan to spend time enjoying the island’s many shops and restaurants during the times listed above.