Posts Categorized: Planning for the future

COVID-19 Impacts to Transportation

Epidemic Event Shapes Community Transportation Notions Extreme events have evolved within the last several months as COVID-19 rattled the world with its unparallel imprint.  Forward Pinellas staff expresses sincere sympathy to the individuals and families affected by the devastating tragedies across the globe and here in Pinellas County.   In our role planning for transportation and… Read more »

Working Together for #SafeStreets

What do you think about making our streets safer? Where are our problems? Do you know others who may have ideas? Earlier this year, Forward Pinellas announced the kickoff summit for Safe Streets Pinellas, our Vision Zero effort. Like many other events, the summit, scheduled for March, was postponed. But our work to make our… Read more »

Analyzing Our Communities for Better Planning

Whether it’s analyzing the economic impact of microbreweries, encouraging urban agriculture, or creating a cultural corridor along Alternate U.S. 19, Forward Pinellas undertakes a variety of projects in order to meet the diverse planning needs of our communities countywide. As part of our interlocal agreements with local governments throughout Pinellas County, we as an agency… Read more »

Lessons for our transportation future from Indy’s past and present

Understanding the transportation challenges that other communities have faced and how they have overcome them is essential to developing any project or plan for our region. With that in mind, on November 7, 2018, Forward Pinellas and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) representatives and staff set out on a peer exchange trip to Indianapolis, Indiana…. Read more »

Introducing Advantage Pinellas: Engage. Adapt. Connect.

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How do you think we should solve the transportation and land development issues of today and tomorrow? Forward Pinellas is partnering with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to launch Advantage Pinellas – a strategic plan to improve mobility and economic opportunity countywide – and we need your feedback. Advantage Pinellas is Forward Pinellas’s new Long… Read more »

The rising tide: Adapting our coastal communities to a changing climate

Pinellas County is regarded by many—justifiably—as a coastal paradise. But last year’s run-in with Hurricane Irma reminded us all that life on the coast has its dangers, too. With global temperatures steadily warming, research suggests that hurricanes are growing stronger and waters are rising higher. Communities need to plan their future growth carefully to keep… Read more »

New report offers snapshot of transportation in Pinellas County

Is traffic congestion getting better or worse in Pinellas County? How many people are using the Pinellas Trail? Are the streets getting safer for pedestrians? If you’ve ever asked questions like these—or just wanted to know more about the current state of transportation —the Countywide Trends and Conditions Report for Pinellas County is for you…. Read more »

Drones in Planning: A Tool for Visual Storytelling

Editor’s Note: This is the first in what we hope is a continuing feature of guest posts written by our partners in the community. Read on to learn about the emerging role of drones in planning from Jacobs planner Chris Zuppa. Last year, TripAdvisor ranked Clearwater Beach as the number one beach in the country, so it’s… Read more »