Forward Pinellas launches crowd-sourcing tool to guide future for walkers and bicyclists

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Forward Pinellas launches crowd-sourcing tool to guide future for walkers and bicyclists

What will it be like to walk and bicycle in Pinellas County in the future? Forward Pinellas, the Metropolitan Planning Organization which oversees planning at the county level, is developing the new Advantage Pinellas 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which will lay the course for how to evolve infrastructure for all travel modes across the county, including walking and bicycling. One of the goals of Advantage Pinellas is to produce a revised Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan with actionable, multi-modal strategies to improve bicycle and pedestrian mobility in Pinellas County.

Here’s where local residents come in. In order to ensure the planning effort is a success, Advantage Pinellas needs to examine current conditions, and look for gaps and opportunities to increase active transportation options throughout the county. To do so, a crowdsourcing tool has been developed to collect input from the public on places people currently walk or bike to and the routes used. The tool will also collect information about where citizens would like to walk and bicycle, as well as the locations of current obstacles and barriers that limit access to walking or biking.

The input received through the crowdsourcing tool will be used to help identify ten priority corridors to enhance as part of the revised Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. When completed, the improved corridors will be part of a county-wide network of safe, non-motorized travel routes and cater to a wider range of potential users by providing low-traffic low-stress options, like trails and neighborhood streets, and safe crossing options at major intersections. The updated plan will be developed in partnership with local agencies over the spring and summer with an anticipated adoption date in Fall 2019.

If you would like to share your feedback and help guide the future of walking and bicycling in Pinellas County, please use the Advantage Pinellas crowdsourcing tool, found here:

https://egis.pinellascounty.org/apps/BikePedMasterPlan

For more information, contact Forward Pinellas Project Manager, Rodney Chatman at rschatman@co.pinellas.fl.us.

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