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Jul
08

BLVD Bike Rides

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BLVD Bike Rides is a free, community bike event ride hosted by DreamLarge! We’ll be cruising our way through the Rosemary District and surrounding neighborhoods in downtown Sarasota. This is the first of many other future community happenings hosted by DreamLarge!

After the ride, we’ll be encouraging everyone in the area to come back to the DreamLarge Yard, hang with your friends and neighbors, and enjoy our special community! We’ll be housing a few of Sarasota's best food trucks, including POLPO Pizza Co.! 

Don't Have a Bike? Don't Worry!

We’ve got you covered. We’ve partnered with iBike and Endless Summer SRQ to provide bicycles for those who need them. We have a limited amount available, so please reserve your bike by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or letting us know through Facebook!

The Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization will also be featured at this event. They’ll be schooling us on bike safety and discussing the ways they are transforming transportation in our community. 

BLVD Bike Swag.

Lastly, we’ll be selling specially designed BLVD Bike Ride t-shirts! Absolutely 100% of the proceeds from this sale goes directly towards buying bikes for those in need this holiday season. This is a chance for our community to give back to those who could use it. Cool!

When?

July 18th, 2019
Check-in begins at 5:45
Bike ride (Round 1): 6:15 
Bike ride (Round 2): 7:00

Where?

DreamLarge Yard
600 Central Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 
(Look for the mural!)

Why?

DreamLarge is situated in the heart of downtown Sarasota, nestled within the Rosemary District. Over the years, we have watched our community evolve in amazing ways-- growing and changing in all aspects of community. Naturally, we have a vested interest in this neighborhood and would love to see the area continue to grow in a positive way. Out of this need for growth and impact comes this new passion project: BLVD Bike Rides!

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Feb
28

Everything you want to know about Bus, Bike, Walk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Date:                February 28, 2019
Contact:          Corinne Tucker, Public Involvement Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:             941-359-5772
Cell:                  941-920-8900

TransForum: Neighborhoods – Bus, Bike, Walk
March 11, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Bayfront Community Center
803 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
https://www.mympo.org/component/eventbooking/lrtp/transforum-neighborhoods

Bring your friends, families, and neighbors to learn about different ways you can get around the region on the bus, your bike, and by foot. Help the community prioritize future walking, biking, and transit options. Find out more information on the natural beauty of The Legacy Trail and the trial extension plans. Hear more about the upcoming project on Myrtle Street from FDOT representatives. Meet and greet with organizations and groups who promote walking and bicycling.  Take this opportunity to get involved with the MPO, the City of Sarasota, and the Sarasota/Manatee regional community.

The public is invited to attend TransForum: Neighborhoods – Bus, Bike, Walk to discuss proposed connections to existing regional routes for safe walking, biking, and transit. This bi-county event is hosted by the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the City of Sarasota on March 11, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, at the Bayfront Community Center, 803 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

This event is part of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Information gathered at this event will feed into the 25-year long range transportation for the Manatee and Sarasota region. The purpose of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO 2045 LRTP is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years.

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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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Oct
20

Public Meeting: Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road Construction

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Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road

Construction Public Meeting:

 

SARASOTA COUNTY

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting regarding construction of the Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road in Sarasota County. The public meeting is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Laurel Civic Association’s Sandra Sims Terry Community Center, 509 Collins Road, Laurel, Florida 34272. FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested persons the opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and make comments about the project. The meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation.

The project includes constructing a new pedestrian overpass along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. The $2 million project begins early November with completion expected in late summer/early fall 2018. 

FDOT developed this meeting 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.  People requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 or people that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Jamie Schley at 863-519-2573 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. 

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Oct
17

Public Information Meeting: Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road in Sarasota County

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting regarding construction of the Legacy Trail Pedestrian Overpass over Laurel Road in Sarasota County. The public meeting is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Laurel Civic Association’s Sandra Sims Terry Community Center, 509 Collins Road, Laurel, Florida 34272. FDOT will hold this meeting to give interested persons the opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and make comments about the project. The meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation.

The project includes constructing a new pedestrian overpass along the Legacy Trail over Laurel Road. The $2 million project begins early November with completion expected in late summer/early fall 2018. 

FDOT developed this meeting 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.  People requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 or people that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Jamie Schley at 863-519-2573 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. 

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Oct
12

Six FREE Smart Cycling Workshops

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As part of the MPO's on-going efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, we wanted to share these dates on upcoming workshops hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club (SMBC):

SMBC has partnered with the Sarasota Parks Dept. for a series of six Free Smart Cycling Workshops for this season.  Complete information is at

http://www.smbc.us/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=796445&module_id=266536  

I'm hoping you will share this information via your social network.  

Class Schedule:

October 14 – Smart Cycling Class, Longwood Park, Sarasota

November 11 – Smart Cycling Class, Venice Community Center

December 9 –Smart Cycling, Longwood Park, Sarasota

January 20 – Smart Cycling, Venice Community Center

February 10 – Maintenance Class, Longwood Park, Sarasota

March 17 – Smart Cycling Class, Venice Community Center

April 14 – Smart Cycling Class, Longwood Park, Sarasota

 

Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

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Oct
04

The Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Save the Date!

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DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan & maps available online HERE.

Public Workshops Re-scheduled

The FGTS Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life. The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is updating the FGTS 5-Year Plan and holding 14 public open houses throughout the state.

The purpose of these meetings is to receive public input on the proposed update to the draft written 2018-2022 FGTS Plan and Land and Water Opportunity & Priority Maps.

Please plan to join us at a location close to you.  If you are unable to participate in person, there is a comment form online which you can submit by e-mail or conventional mail. 

 

Comments accept through December 15, 2017.

 

The Open House schedule:

 

Thursday, October 26 – North Port

Morgan Family Community Center

Meeting Room A/B

6207 West Price Blvd.

North Port, FL 34291

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, November 9– Temple Terrace

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District

13051 N Telecom Parkway

Temple Terrace, FL 33637

4:00-7:00 ET

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Mar
22

Cyclovia Bradenton is on Sunday!

This Sunday, March 26 from 10am-2pm, 57th Ave West between 26th Street West and 34th Street West near SCF will be closed to vehicle traffic and opened up for people to bike, skate, scooter, walk, and dance for the first ever Cyclovia Bradenton. A bicycle route around the campus will be marked off and the event is completely free and open to the public. There will be music, Zumba class, group bicycle rides on the bicycle route, food trucks, and more!

What is a Cyclovia? Cyclovia is a spanish term for "Cycle way," and is also known as "Open Streets." Communities around the world have been holding these types of events where a selected street is closed to vehicle traffic so that pedestrians and bicyclists get to use the road to improve their health and experience a safe, car-free environment. 

MPO staff will be at Cyclovia Bradenton on Sunday with our bicycles, and we will also have a table where we will be distributing bicycle lights, water bottle cozies, reflective wrist bands, materials about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Please come join us!

Cyclovia Bradenton

Sunday, March 26 (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) 

Location:  State College of Florida- 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

  

Cyclovia Bradenton is the kick off event to this year's Millennial Conference, or MCon. Learn more about that here.

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Mar
20

City of Palmetto declares March 2015 Bike Month!

City of Palmetto declares March 2015 Bike Month!

As MPO Public Transportation Planner Jim Van Pelt stated in his recent blog post, March is Florida Bike Month-- and the number of bicycle and pedestrian injuries and accidents in our two county region over the past several months has been alarming.

In order to bring attention to bicycle safety in Florida, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Advisory Committe (BPTAC)-- a broad coalition of local government agencies, citizen advocates, transportation engineers, bicycle enthusiasts, and others-- are working together to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians who travel around our two county area.

We are proud to share that one of the local government agencies in our two-county region, the City of Palmetto, has proclaimed March 2015 as Bike Month in order to celebrate the important role of bicycling in the lives of millions of Floridians. Read the proclamation here

Even though March is almost over, if you are interested in learning more about Florida Bike Month and related activities, click here.

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Mar
06

March is Florida Bike Month

March is Florida Bike Month

As you may or may not know, March is Florida Bike Month. AND, as you may or may not know, the number of incidents of injuries and deaths of bicyclists and pedestrians throughout our two-county area has become alarming. Almost weekly there are incidents of both cyclists and pedestrians being injured or killed.

This trend can be greatly reduced by not only designing better and safer facilities, i.e. more bike lanes, separated bike and pedestrian lanes, striped or painted lanes, more multi-use facilities, etc., but we also need much more and better education and enforcement. How often do you see bicyclists blowing through stop lights or stop signs, riding against traffic instead of with, crossing streets mid-block, weaving in and out of traffic, and pedestrians doing mostly the same thing? Drivers also need to do their part by being aware that bicycles have the legal right to ride with traffic in the road—and they should maintain a safe distance from bicyclists who are exercising this right. Drivers should also take care when exiting driveways and turning right on a red light in order to avoid collisions with cyclists and pedestrians.

Designing roads for increased bicycle and pedestrian safety is an important step that the transportation planners and engineers are already taking. One example of this is FDOT's recent implementation of a “Complete Streets” policy and narrowing vehicle lane widths. Read more about that here. To learn more about different designs for improving safety of bicycle lanes, click here.

Education beginning at a young age should be provided. Easy and free and wide-spread seminars, training, and educational opportunities for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety should be explored more. 

Enforcement is also important. Law-enforcement agencies have a multitude of pressing needs, however law-enforcement does have a role in helping to reduce bicycle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities by warning and citing those who are not following the rules of the road.

By all working together, from planners and engineers designing safer roads, bicyclists learning and abiding by the laws of the road, drivers being aware of bicyclists and their rights on the road, pedestrians and cyclists using lights and wearing appropriate clothing at night, and law enforcement enforcing the rules of the road, we can reduce the alarming increase in bicycle and pedestrian incidents.

March is Florida Bike Month. Let us all help in making it a safe bike month. 

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