Pinellas County will have a safe, connected and comfortable active transportation network, which is community fostered and in harmony with all travel modes, and that advances an efficient, productive, and healthy mobility system for all users.

Pinellas County has an abundance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and Forward Pinellas has prioritized continued improvements to the active transportation network to support mobility options for all residents. The Active Transportation Plan recognizes this unique advantage of living in Pinellas County and includes funding for a safe, accessible network of bicycle and pedestrian trails as the cornerstone for a healthy and economically vibrant community.

The Active Transportation Plan is designed to improve health outcomes, expand economic opportunities and protect the environment by encouraging residents to walk and bicycle for their everyday transportation needs.

Bicyclists crossing a bridge
Bicyclists crossing a bridge
Mother with kids and dog walking on the sidewalk
Mother with kids and dog walking on the sidewalk

Pinellas County is home to many eclectic neighborhoods, thriving downtown, sugar sand beaches, pristine natural habitats, and has a strong economic base of manufacturing and corporate headquarters. Our residents and visitors expect robust, efficient, and cost-effective multimodal transportation facilities and services that are connected to various destinations.

By 2045, Pinellas County is projected to add over 60,000 new jobs and over 93,000 more people. That is a significant amount of growth given the changing landscape of development and redevelopment activity in a largely built-out county. Part of the mobility strategy for accommodating this growth is to plan for more strategic investments in pedestrian and bicycle networks to serve a wide variety of trip purposes.

Active Transportation Plan is intended to further a countywide vision and build on the bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts of the county’s local governments.

parked bicycles
parked bicycles

As part of the Advantage Pinellas effort, Forward Pinellas developed a new countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan branded as Advantage Pinellas: Active Transportation Plan. This plan offers actionable, multimodal strategies to achieve improved bicycle and pedestrian mobility in Pinellas County.

The planning effort was undertaken to identify current conditions, gaps, and opportunities for increasing active transportation options throughout the county. The new plan was developed in partnership with local agencies to create a safer and more accessible bicycle and pedestrian network.

Data & Planning Analysis

The data analysis approach involved a synthesizing of several GIS datasets to identify focus areas and potential corridors. This included review and analysis of:

  • Equity Score
  • Low Service Areas for Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
  • Level of Traffic Stress
  • Population
  • Demand
  • Network Gaps (Existing and Proposed Facilities)
  • Safety
map with marks
map with marks

The planning analysis looked at network connectivity to identify the location of gaps in terms of connecting activity centers, communities, and destinations. For example, several stakeholders expressed a need to better connect certain communities such as Dunedin and Clearwater. Although completion of the Pinellas Trail Loop has been a top priority in the trail plans of Forward Pinellas and Pinellas County over the years, project stakeholders also expressed a need for more cross county facilities extending north-to-south and east-to-west.

Stakeholder Feedback

Stakeholder feedback was received from the Forward Pinellas Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and face-to-face meetings with local officials.

In addition, various plans were reviewed to ascertain local government priorities in terms of bicycle and pedestrian needs.

Active Transportation Plan Summary Report

January 2020
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To assist with the development of a community supported vision, goals, and performance measures, development of the Active Transportation Plan relied on a variety of public engagement tools. This included online mapping, interactive polling, and three in-person work sessions to gain a better understanding of the community’s priorities regarding the current and future active transportation network.

Local government and other project stakeholders gathered at the Forward Pinellas Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) meetings in 2019 to discuss bicycle and pedestrian concerns and opportunities within their respective communities.

people walking
people walking

Development of the Active Transportation Plan included a review of the bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects proposed in the Forward Pinellas Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (adopted in December 2013 and last updated in May 2017).

Based on local government feedback on the status of the projects, the list of Master Plan projects was updated and condensed. The revised list of projects, which represents the countywide long-range vision plan, will continue to be maintained as part of the Active Transportation Plan.

Active Transportation Benefits in Pinellas County:

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Active Transportation Plan Goals

Pinellas County desires a Regional Active Transportation Network that:

  1. Improves safety and reduces bicycle and pedestrian conflicts;
  2. Connects with destinations and integrates with other modes such as public transit;
  3. Is accessible and comfortable to all users, of all abilities in all communities; and
  4. Enhances the quality of life, economic condition, and health of the region.


Meeting Agendas

BPAC February 2019
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BPAC February 2019
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