St. Pete’s current and future engineering projects improve trail conditions, bicycle facilities

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St. Pete’s current and future engineering projects improve trail conditions, bicycle facilities

The Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee in St. Petersburg recently reported its project summary for 2016. Bicycle projects include trail improvements and improvements to bicycle routes and facilities in general. The Pinellas Trail, Bayway Trail, Historic Booker Creek Trail Loop, and the Treasure Island Causeway Trail are all under construction or slated to begin construction in 2016.

Portions of the pavement on the Pinellas Trail will be rehabilitated in western St. Petersburg and the Downtown, Edge District, Warehouse Arts, and Residential regions of the trail will improve with added bike racks, benches, and trees to provide trail users with shade on hot days. Construction of The Bayway Trail North that connects the trail to St. Pete Beach is now complete, and the Bayway Trail South will connect to Fort De Soto with construction expected to begin in late Fall 2016. Completion of the Historic Booker Creek Trail is scheduled for late Spring/early Summer of 2016.

Improvements to the trails are supplemented by improvements to bike facilities, such as a two-way separated bicycle path along the east side of 1st Street from 6th Avenue to Central Avenue. Bicycle parking will also be added or enhanced at schools, local parks, and across the City of St. Pete. The goal is to improve both knowledge and access to the City’s parks and trails, and the City is moving forward with a plan to raise awareness about safe bicycling as a healthy activity option.

Click here to view the Projects Summary Report (p. 7).

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