Forward Pinellas was thrilled with an incredible turnout for our reinvented, self-guided “Bike Your City” scavenger hunt through our host city of Safety Harbor. From October 16, 2020 – October 31, 2020, over 500 participants found 20 locations on our scavenger hunt map and submitted a “selfie” or picture of their bike at the landmark using our interactive online form.
Forward Pinellas is beginning a Vision Zero effort for Pinellas County that balances education, engagement, enforcement, engineering and evaluation to help us develop a holistic Vision Zero program. What is Vision Zero? Vision Zero is about safe, healthy and equitable mobility.
The City of Indian Rocks Beach is a vibrant community with lots to offer residents and visitors, but there is a need to develop consensus about how the community wants to grow and redevelop in the coming years. Forward Pinellas is partnering with the City of Indian Rocks Beach to conduct a Growth and Redevelopment Study. With this study, the goal is to develop a vision for the future of the community that reflects the goals and priorities of the residents.
As part of its US 19 corridor vision initiative, Forward Pinellas has been working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), City of St. Petersburg, and the Skyway Marina District to evaluate the concept of re-purposing the outside lanes of 34th Street from 22nd Avenue South to 54th Avenue South for bus use and business access (i.e., shared bus use and right turns). This would be implemented as part of an FDOT resurfacing project scheduled for construction in 2022.
The Tampa Bay region is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country, experiencing frequent storm events and persistent flooding. Forward Pinellas, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Pasco MPO, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the Florida Department of Transportation District 7 have been awarded a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resilience and Durability to Extreme Weather grant.
The following activity center analysis was determined to be the most useful method for the City of Dunedin, as well as the county, to assess the degree of design and development that exists within the activity center. It also examines where improvements, if any, could be made to a variety of major planning factors, such as land use, transportation, redevelopment potential, economic development, etc.
The term “agriculture” conjures up an image of open land for growing crops or grazing livestock. But in an urban environment where land is at a premium, farming comes in many other creative forms. Gardens in residential front yards, rooftop greenhouses, community gardens on vacant lots, backyard chickens and beehives…the possibilities for growing fresh local food are nearly endless. And popular demand for these products is growing.
Arts and culture impact all members of a community. Research repeatedly indicates the benefits of art on a vast variety of levels: improved health outcomes, boosting economies, better academic performance, and general improved well-being on both individual and societal levels.
The Tampa Bay housing market is currently underserved in providing affordable housing options for residents, and that trend is expected to grow. One solution may be to provide a greater variety of housing types that can accommodate more people without changing the character of existing neighborhoods.
Extending nearly 38 miles, Alternate U.S. Highway 19 is the longest roadway in Pinellas County. It connects the cities of Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, and St. Petersburg as well as Palm Harbor in the unincorporated area of north Pinellas County.
Microbreweries (and related uses like brewpubs, micro-distilleries and micro-wineries) are becoming increasingly popular in Pinellas County and around the country. These businesses gravitate toward compact, walkable downtowns and town centers, creating attractive destinations that can become catalysts for revitalization.
Forward Pinellas, working with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and local governments, is conducting an analysis of PSTA transfer points. This project will evaluation opportunities for redevelopment, improved non-auto accessibility and enhanced safety at the transfer points and their surrounding areas.