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Oct
09

Florida Mobility Week

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FDOT Hosts Florida Mobility Week
This year’s theme is “Mix-it-up – A New Way to Get Around”

FT. MYERS – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its partner agencies are set to celebrate the first annual statewide Mobility Week, October 27 to November 3, 2018. Initially launched in 2016 in Central Florida, Mobility Week is being expanded into a statewide initiative due to its success in bringing together regional partners working towards a transportation system that promotes travel choices.

The Mobility Week initiative is an annual collection of outreach events to promote awareness of safe multimodal transportation choices and how those choices can build stronger communities, reduce traffic congestion and improve community health.

There are many ways to take part in Mobility Week. Agencies, employers and individuals can all participate and contribute in their own way. Agencies can organize an event, activity or training, or implement a mobility action that encourages individuals to switch from driving alone to walking, cycling, using transit, ridesharing, teleworking, or other options.

Employers are encouraged to organize a workplace event during Mobility Week that can range from travel safety training, group bicycle rides, educational workshops to hosting employee competitions. They can also implement long term initiatives by contacting their local commuter assistance program to explore commuting options that might be of interest to their employees.

Individuals can sign up and take part in the Mix-It-Up 2018 challenge, by pledging to try a new transportation choice that makes a positive impact on our transportation system, by reducing the number of trips we make driving alone. The challenge is intended to encourage people to mix and match different modes of transport in their daily life and compete for prizes furnished by Mobility Week Partners.

To learn more information about Mobility Week, including a schedule of events in this region, how to enter the Mix-It-Up 2018 Challenge and learn about transportation modes available, visit the FDOT Mobility Week website at http://www.mobilityweekfl.com.

 

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Mar
27

How to Find a Ride in Florida

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Are you or someone you know looking for transportation options beyond the driver’s seat? Whether you know someone who is looking to save money or go green by giving up their keys, or transitioning from driving because of natural changes due to the aging process, they can find a ride by visiting FindaRideFlorida.org.

FindaRideFlorida.org is an online listing of transportation service providers in all of Florida’s 67 counties. Users will be asked to input where they want to start and end their trip, creating a list featuring transportation providers in alphabetical order, that meet their travel needs.

Visit FindaRideFlorida.org to see which transportation options can get you where you need to go. It’s as easy as 1–2–3. Click on the video below to learn how to use FindaRideFlorida.org in three easy steps.

 

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Feb
14

Experience the Inaugural Roll & Stroll Sarasota during Active Mobility Weekend from March 23 – 25

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Experience the Inaugural Roll & Stroll Sarasota during
Active Mobility Weekend from March 23 – 25

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is partnering with the City of Sarasota to host the Roll & Stroll Sarasota 2018 event on Saturday, March 24th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Payne Park in Downtown Sarasota. Attendees will have opportunities for guided or self-directed walking and bicycling tours through Downtown Sarasota on three proposed route connections from The Legacy Trail Extension to the Barrier Island trail network.

Please join members of the greater Sarasota community to help build a connected regional trail system from Pinellas to Collier County. Everyone is invited to be a part of the inaugural Roll & Stroll Sarasota 2018 and have a voice in the location of the future regional trail route. You are encouraged to join the festivities at Payne Park, bring your friends, family, children, and neighbors, and experience a car-free way to live, work, and play. The community is invited to come by anytime or to register for a guided tour at www.mympo.org/roll-stroll-sarasota-2018

Roll & Stroll Sarasota 2018 is only the second event of the three-day Active Mobility Weekend happening March 23-25. This Active Mobility Weekend will kick off with a special Legacy Trail anniversary event on Friday, March 23 from 4pm to 6pm at Laurel Community Park in Nokomis. The Legacy Trail connects communities and provides a safe space for people of all ages and abilities to travel and play using safe, non-motorized alternatives. Join your fellow trail users and celebrate the most popular multi-use recreational trail in Florida. The weekend will finish strong with the annual Tour de Parks Bicycle Ride. Enjoy scenic bicycle rides of 20, 35 or 62 miles through a number of Sarasota County Parks.

Co-sponsors of the Active Mobility Weekend are The Trust for Public Land, Friends of The Legacy Trail, Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, City of Sarasota, and Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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Jan
16

Mobility Coordinator Position in Manatee County

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A new position for a mobility coordinator has been opened in Manatee County, Florida.

Please feel free to disseminate detailed information below.  

M1266-007- Mobility Coordinator
Public Works - Transportation Planning
January 2018


This classification applies transportation planning principles in the analysis of multimodal transportation needs with an emphasis on non-motorized mobility (bicycle, pedestrian, and transit-supportive infrastructure) and complete streets policy.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • The Mobility Coordinator is a professional and technical position, responsible for work in planning and coordinating the County's non-motorized transportation programs, plans, and activities. 
  • Plans for safe, efficient, and attractive pedestrian and bicycle environment with interconnections to the transit system.
  • Assists in preparation of multimodal transportation plan elements with emphasis on non-motorized mobility in County and regional MPO processes.
  • Provides support to meet local, State, and Federal requirements related developing multi-modal components of grants and capital programs.
  • Coordinates activities with public and private agencies and entities during transportation planning processes.
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of non-motorized transportation systems.
  • Assists with review of non-motorized components of land development applications and transportation capital projects.
  • Serves as Transportation Planning staff representative on the bicycle, pedestrian, and trail planning committees.
     
    Specific Knowledge and Experience:
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of multimodal transportation planning, including the analysis of data and preparation of planning reports and studies with an emphasis in non-motorized mobility.
  • Knowledge of current literature, trends, and developments in bicycle/pedestrian, multi-modal, and regional transportation planning.
  • Experience preparing and submitting grant applications
  • Experience with community outreach or public information programs for technical or planning projects

To apply please review the Manatee County Jobs Listing website under Mobility Coordinator or follow this link:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/manateecounty/jobs/1952689/mobility-coordinator?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

If you have questions or concerns please contact Mr. Nelson Galeano at the phone number below.

 

Nelson Galeano. P.E., PTP.
Transportation Systems Engineer
Manatee County Public Works Department
Transportation Planning Division
1022 26th Avenue East Bradenton Fl. 34208

Phone (941) 748-4501 Ext. 7420
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Dec
29

Alternatives Public Meeting on January 16, 2018

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold an Alternatives Public Meeting for the US 41 (SR 45) from 69th Avenue (Bay Drive) to 63rd Avenue W. and from 53rd Avenue W. to Cortez Road project in Manatee County, Florida. We invite you to attend the meeting anytime from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Ramada Waterfront Sarasota, 7150 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. The meeting will be held as an open house format with no formal presentation.  A location map for the meeting is enclosed. FDOT will send notices to all property owners located at least 300 feet on either side of US 41 (SR 45) within the project limits, and to other public officials, regulatory agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in the project. FDOT is holding the meeting to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements.

US 41 (SR 45) is a north-south oriented, seven-lane, undivided roadway. Surrounding land use is predominantly commercial development. Major deficiencies within the study area generally include disjointed sidewalks and insufficient or nonexistent lighting and signage. The need for the project is to provide a continuous pedestrian corridor along US 41 (SR 45) and evaluate potential lighting as well as signal improvements. The purpose of this project is to facilitate the use of viable, non-motorized travel options for commuters and recreational users along the US 41 (SR 45) pedestrian corridor and within the Bradenton community. This project will enhance pedestrian safety by creating a sidewalk corridor that provides connections between nearby commercial and residential areas while minimizing potential impacts to the natural and human environments.

The meeting is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator, at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting at (863) 519-2573, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TTY) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

If you have questions about the project or scheduled Alternatives Public Meeting, please contact the Project Manager, Amy Blair, P.E. at (863) 519-2272 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. seven (7) days prior to the meeting. You can also visit the project website at www.swflroads.com/us41/69thtocortez.


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Dec
08

Safety is Golden

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Safe Mobility for Life Coalition (SMFL) and their partners will host events and provide resources to raise awareness on the importance of safe transportation and mobility options for older adults in support of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Safety Awareness Week which runs from Monday, December 4 until Friday, December 8. Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Toolkit:
Dec. 4 – 8, 2017 

Established by the AOTA, Older Driver Safety Awareness Week promotes the importance of mobility to help ensure older adults remain active and engaged in the community. Throughout the week, the SMFL Coalition alongside state and local partners will raise awareness on the 3 Keys to Achieve Safe Mobility for Life, which are:

  • Understand the impact that aging has on driving
  • Stay Proactive about safe driving skills
  • Plan for a safe transition from driving

Here in Florida, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition endorses and supports AOTA’s national efforts by raising awareness and promoting events throughout the state. During Older Driver Safety Awareness
Week each day will focus on a different aspect of safety and mobility to benefit the aging population. The Florida Department of Transportation, Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, and partners hosts numerous events that help keep older drivers safe and mobile for life. Throughout Older Driver Safety Awareness Week and the year, older adults can register for AARP Driver Safety Courses, and AAA Senior Defensive Driver Classes, as well as CarFit events, to remain safe drivers.

In addition to the events taking place during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition offers Florida drivers free “You Hold the Keys to Your Transportation Future” workshops
throughout the year across the state. The Coalition offers this workshop to teach drivers the three keys to achieving safe mobility for life, which allows older adults to remain independent as well as connected to community. Older drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and even golf cart drivers can take advantage of free resources and materials available through FLsams.org that will help them stay safe and mobile for life.

The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition helps Florida drivers prepare for the day when they may need to transition from driving. The Coalition helps older adults remain active and independent by informing them about transportation options and the resources available to them.

 

 

 

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Sep
29

2018 Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit

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Join us for the first-ever Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit!

  • Date: February 27, 2018 from 10AM - 4PM.  Reception to follow, and optional Riverwalk ride/walk at 8:30AM.
  • Location: Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602
  • Registration: Please use this link to register for the Summit ($60 fee). The registration fee helps cover meeting expenses. Our goal is for the Summit to be open to all, so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the fee is a challenge for you.
  • Sponsorships: Please use this link to become a Sponsor or Presenting Sponsor.

Why hold the summit:

This is West Central Florida’s preeminent educational event aimed at encouraging the implementation of Complete Streets that are safe and accessible for all. As we work to elevate our individual efforts, cohesive linkages across to sister counties will lead to regionally significant transportation facilities and safety programs for all modes of transportation and for all ages and abilities.

Who should attend:

Anyone in the region who wants to help create healthier and safer communities should come hear energizing and informed speakers, engage with public officials, and mingle with community partners.

Check back soon for more updates as summit details are confirmed.

The Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit is a collaborative effort of the Hernando/Citrus, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the Polk County Transportation Planning Organization, the Florida Department of Transportation, the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, and Walk Bike Tampa. This partnership provides a regional approach to prioritize the Complete Streets initiative throughout the local jurisdictions along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

 

                      

                  

         

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Jun
09

10th Avenue Complete Streets Study: Envisioning the Future of Downtown Palmetto

10th Avenue Complete Streets Study

Envisioning the future of Downtown Palmetto


Last night the Palmetto CRA and Florida Department of Transportation held a visioning workshop for the community.  This workshop provided education on ‘Complete Streets’, as well as several design options for 10th Avenue ‘Complete Streets’ improvements.

What are complete streets?

A ‘Complete Streets’ Policy refers to the idea that our roads are not exclusively for freight movement and motorists.  ‘Complete Streets’ places an emphasis on the philosophy that our roads need to be designed for all users, of all ages, with all abilities.  Moreover, complete streets support healthy, walkable, livable, vibrant, thriving communities.  In 2014, Florida adopted a statewide 'Complete Streets' policy confirming, "… the Department will routinely plan, design, construct, reconstruct and operate a context-sensitive system of 'Complete Streets.' While maintaining safety and mobility, Complete Streets shall service the transportation needs of transportation system users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to: cyclists, freight handlers, motorists, pedestrians, and transit riders."

Keeping this in mind, last night's visioning workshop was held in the Palmetto Library where citizens gathered to learn about improvements for 10th Avenue from Riverside Drive to 17th Street (Downtown Palmetto).  Each design presented to the community incorporated effective storm water drainage, car lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaping, etc.  Once FDOT finished presenting multiple options, community members asked important questions regarding the assorted designs, as well as potential community impacts. Additionally, people shared their aspirations for 10th avenue, helping to shape the outcome of this project.  

After a period for people to make their comments, concerns, and questions heard, FDOT project team members asked the attendees to complete a survey.  The survey consists of 16 questions and asks what you like and don’t like about certain details regarding the improvements.  Using 5th Ave improvements as an example of the process, FDOT, Palmetto CRA, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, and all those involved in the project want to know your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, comments, concerns, etc.  Your participation in this process helps to shape a feasible design that incorporates what the community wants before anything else.  Please make sure to take the survey if you want to help shape the future of Downtown Palmetto.

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Want to be involved? Take the survey!

If you want to share your thoughts but weren’t able to make the Palmetto Library FDOT Visioning Workshop, there is still ways you can get involved! 

Follow this link for the FDOT 10th Avenue Complete Streets Study Survey.   

Please email completed surveys to the FDOT project managers,

Patrick Bateman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Turley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Visit the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization to complete the survey in person. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator will fax the completed surveys to the assigned FDOT project managers.

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

7632 15th Street East

Sarasota, FL 34243

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For any comments, questions, or concerns during this process, please feel free to contact Corinne Tucker, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Involvement Coordinator, by calling (941)359-5772 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Corinne is here to help ensure that the community’s voice is heard, noted, and considered during each phase of the project.    

 

 

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May
27

Draft 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2016/17--2020/21 Available for Public Review and Comment

Draft 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2016/17--2020/21 Available for Public Review and Comment

It's that time of year again! Every year the Sarasota/Manatee MPO updates the 5 Year Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, and the new draft TIP covering fiscal years 2016/17--2020/21 is now avilable for public review and comment.

To view the draft FY 2016/17--2020/21 TIP, please click here. This is a large file and might take a little while to load.

If you would like to download the file, please click here and select "Transportation Improvement Program," then "Draft 2016-17 TIP."

Background: The process to develop the 2016/17--2020/21 TIP started in March 2015 when the MPO Board adopted its 2015 Project Priority List.  That list was forwarded to FDOT to prepare its Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program which includes roadway improvements, transportation alternatives, bridge, safety and public transportation projects (i.e. transit, aviation, port, intermodal and transportation disadvantaged program projects).

At the December 2015 MPO Board meeting, FDOT presented the Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program that addressed the priorities that were set by the MPO Board in March 2015.  The 2016/17-2020/21 Draft Tentative Five Year Work Program is incorporated into the FY 2016/17-2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP will go before the MPO Boad for adoption at their next MPO Board meeting on June 27, 2016. The TIP must be submitted to FDOT by July 15, 2016.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the draft FY 2016/17--2020/21 TIP, please contact Colleen McGue via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (941) 359-5772.

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12

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

MPO Engages Community in Strategic Mobility Plan

The creation of the Strategic Mobility Plan, referenced in this previous post from October 2014, includes a substantial community engagement effort to gather ideas from residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties on how to improve the region’s transportation system. One of the ways we have been reaching out to the public is by going out into the community and listening to the perspectives of residents in small focus group discussions. We have hosted 21 focus groups throughout the region, from northern Manatee County to southern Sarasota County, and on a variety of topics relating to transportation. See below for the entire list of focus groups. Click here to see the map in more detail.

In order to get the conversation started, focus group attendees responded to a four question survey that included questions similar to those presented on the Strategic Mobility Plan Website. The comments we heard during the focus group discussions centered on a desire for more transportation options such as more frequent transit, safer bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other modes like water taxis. Participants also recommended developing a holistic vision for the region, studying proposed developments for their long-term impacts on traffic congestion, improving coordination among the many jurisdictions in the region, and improving traffic through technology.

When participants were asked what one transportation project they would fund in the next five years if they had the money to do so, we heard a range of answers from residents such as improving public transit with more frequent service and better amenities (covered bus shelters and bus schedules at bus stops), a fully-integrated multimodal network, walkable cities, roundabouts, an expressway east of I-75, better technology to manage traffic congestion, and making developers pay for all necessary road improvements.

We have documented all of the comments we received during the focus groups, in addition to any other public comments received during the update, and we are currently working on incorporating these ideas and suggestions into the Strategic Mobility Plan.

The focus groups held included:

City of Palmetto - Community Redevelopment Agency

City of Bradenton – Central Community Redevelopment Agency

Manatee County - Lakewood Ranch Business Association

Manatee County – Federation of Homeowner Associations

Manatee County – Parrish Civic Association

Manatee County – Lakewood Ranch District Directors

Manatee County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Manatee County - Manatee Chamber of Commerce

City of Sarasota - North Sarasota and Newtown

City of Sarasota - City Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Sarasota - Condominiums on the Bay Association

City of Sarasota - Downtown Condominium Association

Sarasota County - Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota County – Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged

Sarasota County – Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency

Sarasota County – Council of Neighborhood Associations

City of Venice - Chamber of Commerce

City of North Port - Chamber of Commerce

Focus Group for Local and Regional Environmental Interests

Focus Group for Local and Regional Freight Interests

Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee

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Apr
09

Come see us at #iSeeManatee on April 17!

Come see us at #iSeeManatee on April 17!

MPO staff are looking forward to hosting an interactive station at the upcoming charrette #iSeeManatee next Friday, April 17 at Dolphin Aviation (8191 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL) from 6pm-9pm.  We will have maps of the regional transportation network, interactive idea sharing related to future mobility in our area, and will be available to answer any questions you might have about our regional transportation needs. Whether your vision for future mobility includes regional bicycle & golf cart trails, expanded transit service, a more pedestrian friendly environment, or super-highways with automated vehicles, we want to hear from you! 

This event is being organized by the Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department and is a great opportunity for students and younger residents in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to come out and share their ideas and vision for the Southwest Manatee area which includes North Tamiami Trail, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling School of Art & Design, New College of Florida, State College of Florida, and the Bayshore & Whitfield neighborhoods in Manatee County. For more information, please view the event flyer here.

Hope to see you there!

By the way, if you are unable to attend on April 17, but you would like to contribute your ideas to the MPO's Strategic Mobility Plan, please register with us at www.strategicmobilityplan.com to share your thoughts on our regional transportation plan for Sarasota & Manatee Counties.

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