Posts Categorized: Blog

From Transition to Transformation

The year 2015 was one of transition for the Pinellas Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization, and for me personally. It began with the newly unified agency in the process of hiring an executive director, and ended with the 2nd of two strategic policy board workshops to set a direction for integrating land use and… Read more »

Who owns US 19, Gateway/Mid-County and the Beaches? We all do.

The Pinellas beaches, the Gateway/Mid-County area, and the US 19 corridor reflect different aspects of Pinellas County, but all have a few things in common. First, they share in driving the Pinellas County economy and serve essential regional economic functions. They are multi-jurisdictional areas with unique local challenges and preferences. Transportation is a critical aspect… Read more »

Happy Silver Anniversary, Pinellas Trail!

By Sue Miller, MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner The Pinellas Trail welcomes bicyclists, walkers, skateboarders, dog-walkers, strollers, inline skaters, and strollers.  It brings together residents, tourists, seasonal visitors, the young, old, bird-watchers, training athletes, elementary students, retired engineers, grandmothers, and nature-lovers.   On Saturday, December 5, 2015, this very trail will celebrate its Silver 25th Anniversary… Read more »

Improving Regional Connections for Thanksgiving Travel

The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home this Thanksgiving weekend, driving to each other’s homes, or to the airport, to visit friends and family for the holiday. Living in St. Petersburg, I… Read more »

Can Bike Sharing Work in Pinellas County?

A recent Tampa Bay Times story described St. Petersburg’s pursuit of a bike share program intended to expand accessibility throughout the city’s commercial core. Could the rest of Pinellas County follow suit? Imagine if you didn’t have to drive to your next lunch meeting with clients, or drive downtown for coffee with your wife on… Read more »

The Important Lessons of SunRail

If we’re going to adapt our land use and transportation planning to a new reality, we’re going to need to rethink access in Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region. Our automobile-oriented culture is undergoing changes from demographics, market trends, technology and public preferences. Those changes favor seamless travel experiences that connect people to places where we… Read more »

Caution! Ghosts and Other Pedestrians Crossing

Floridians love this time of year.  Fall is in the air as the weather cools a bit, pumpkin spice lattes can be found in our coffee shops, outdoor dining is more popular, rain showers are less frequent, we take our kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, and we get an extra hour of sleep as daylight saving… Read more »

Are Your Streets Complete?

When I started out as a newbie to the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), I continually heard the term “Complete Streets.”  After I began to research the term and inquire about it, I was intrigued with what I learned.  Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to enable… Read more »