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Forward Pinellas to provide $100K & $1M in Complete Streets Awards

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Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg are the latest local governments in Pinellas County seeking funding under the Forward Pinellas Complete Streets Program. Started in 2016, the program provides direct funding for local transportation projects that demonstrate a strong link to redevelopment, economic opportunity and better accessibility for all roadway users. The City of Tarpon Springs… Read more »

It’s Time for our Quadrennial Check-up and We Want Your Input

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Every metropolitan area in the nation has a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) to help guide investments in its transportation network. As the MPO for Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas is responsible for prioritizing transportation projects and helping to determine the need for those projects in Pinellas.   This includes projects like repairing sidewalks, adding bikeways and trails,… Read more »

Al Bartolotta celebrates 32 years of creating positive change in Pinellas County

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Forward Pinellas Division Manager Al Bartolotta is retiring next month after a 32-year career in urban planning. He started with the Pinellas County Planning Department in 1988, where he worked on assignments for both land use and transportation planning, and joined Forward Pinellas in 2015 as a result of the Pinellas Planning Council/Metropolitan Planning Organization… Read more »

Forward Pinellas Hosts Virtual “Bike Your City” Event

Join the ride for a self-guided “Bike Your City” scavenger hunt through Safety Harbor. Jump on your bicycles and enjoy riding around beautiful Safety Harbor while finding enchanting scavenger hunt locations! Forward Pinellas is pleased to announce our reinvented, self-guided “Bike Your City” scavenger hunt through our host city of Safety Harbor. From October 16,… Read more »

Community Speaks Out on Downtown Mobility

Interactive Survey Demonstrates the Downtown St. Petersburg Community’s Preferences, Needs and Opportunities  Plans to improve mobility and accessibility in Downtown St. Petersburg are well underway! Earlier this year, Forward Pinellas launched the Downtown St. Petersburg Mobility Study in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg and the Florida Department of Transportation, and we’ve already received insightful feedback from the community.   Nearly 500… Read more »

The Future of the Gateway Master Plan

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Where We Were After extensive community outreach and collaborative effort between local governments, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Forward Pinellas, The Gateway Master Plan has emerged as a guiding document that represents the comprehensive vision for the Gateway Area. The Gateway Area consists of 30 square miles and… Read more »

Racism in Urban Planning

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Preface  ~Whit Blanton, Executive Director In this piece, Forward Pinellas senior manager Al Bartolotta lays out the sad history of how city planning and laws influencing urban and regional planning have exacerbated or perpetuated institutional or systemic racism in our cities, suburbs and other communities throughout the country. As planners responsible for understanding our communities… Read more »