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Future plans for the Pinellas Trail to be discussed during virtual Community Conversation

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Posted at 5:14 AM, Sep 28, 2021

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The Pinellas Trail is considered one of the best biking paths in the State of Florida.

The miles-long trail, which runs from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, has always been a popular spot, even during the pandemic.

“The trail totals for the year of 2020 were 2,093,000. To date, the trail totals are 1,320,000," said Carol Gray, the chief park ranger for the Pinellas Trail. “It’s still a popular feature of Pinellas County, one of our crown jewels.”

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal named it as one of six incredible bike trips you can easily do yourself.

Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas, and Friends of the Pinellas Trail will hold a virtual Community Conversation on Tuesday, September 28 to share information and answer questions about the trail.

The county hopes the Community Conversation will help drive forward the enthusiasm for the trail, as well as encourage involvement in Friends of the Pinellas Trail and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). They will also provide updates about construction and maintenance.

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Topics to also be discussed include: future amenities; trail security; an upcoming trail courtesy campaign; and, how Pinellas County is building out its multimodal transportation network.

The County says its envisioned as a 75-mile loop that will connect to many county locations and regional trail networks.

“It’s going to add a whole lot to the multimodal transportation opportunities for the trail. The trail already does that," said Gray. "We found in surveys that not only do people use the trail for recreation, but it’s also used for transportation purposes, so it is a transportation thoroughfare, and the 75-mile loop is just going to provide opportunities for anyone to get anywhere in the county on foot, by bike.”

The Community Conversation is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and can be accessed by computer, mobile device or phone. To register, visit www.pinellascounty.org/parks.