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St. Petersburg Residents Select Locations for Bike Share Stations

In April, the St. Petersburg City Council approved funding for a bike share program in its downtown area.  The program will launch in September with the roll out of 30 stations and 300 GPS-enabled smart bikes.  Now the City needs to figure out where to locate the stations and they’re looking to the locals for… Read more »

Forward Pinellas – Branding a new identity

The role of transportation and land development in Pinellas County took on increased importance with passage of a special act of the Florida Legislature in 2014 unifying a 13-member governing board of local elected officials with responsibility for countywide transportation and land use planning. Pinellas remains Florida’s most densely developed county with nearly one million residents… Read more »

Changes Coming to Gandy Boulevard

In 2012, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) informed the MPO that bids on projects around the state were coming in lower than expected and that FDOT had extra (that’s right-extra!) money for transportation projects.  Turns out, they had just about enough to fund improvements to Gandy Boulevard from 4th Street North to 16th Street… 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 »