Mobility Planning

Manatee County mobility planning is a concept applied by the County, local and regional authorities for strategic mobility planning. It encourages a shift towards more sustainable and equitable transport options and supports the integration and balanced development of all modes of transportation.

MOBILITY WEEK 2020 (October 30- November 6)

Manatee Mobility Week is a cooperative effort by Manatee County, MCAT, FDOT and partners to promote awareness of safe multimodal transportation choices. During this week, Manatee County hosts events to collectively share information with the public about transportation choices and safety along with community-building and fun prizes!

MOBILITY WEEK RESOURCES

Pedestrian and Bicyclist safety information –Manatee County and FDOT make every effort to ensure the safety, mobility, and accessibility of all road users regardless of mode of transportation, age, ability, or socioeconomic status.

Bikes on Buses – MCAT’s Bikes on Buses program allows passengers to secure their bicycles onto a rack attached on the front of all MCAT buses.  Up to two bikes can be carried on the rack at one time.  Visit Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) for more information on bus services, how to ride, and bicycle loading & unloading.

MCAT Safety- Learn how MCAT is working to keep riders safe during these unprecedented times  

Love to Ride Florida Challenge- This year, we’re inviting you to take part in the Love to Ride Florida challenge, which will kick-off on October 30, the first day of Manatee Mobility Week, and run through the month of November. Participants can earn points by riding and encouraging others to ride, too. Ride anywhere, anytime, to earn points and enter the drawings for prizes and more. You can participate as part of a team or as an individual.



MOBILITY WEEK EVENTS

Halloween- Saturday October 31st

On Halloween as with every bicycle ride, ensure you’re wearing reflective and light colored clothing/costume.  Double check that front and back lights are functioning properly and your helmet is fitted snug.  If you're going to pedal in costume, choose something less likely to get caught in your wheels.  If a crash does occur, call 911 to at minimum ensure it is reported, and in the worst case any safety and health emergency can be attended.  If you have any fun and interesting costumes related to cycling, the bus, or mobility in general; feel free to send them to mobility@mymanatee.org for inclusion on our website and FDOT Mobility Week site.

HealthWalk- Sunday November 1st

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Parking at Manatee Central (Downtown) Library

1301 Barcarrota Ave, Bradenton, FL 34205

Come meet with health professionals and take a socially distanced walk while discussing the health benefits of walking and exercising.  Manatee County will provide water, goodies and gift bags to the first attendees.  The walk is family friendly and with nice views.  Be sure to wear appropriate attire and observe safety protocol.

 

Complete Streets & Safety Walk- Monday November 2nd

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Meet at Palma Sola Community Church

8604 9th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

Come meet with planning professionals and a socially distanced walk to discuss safety along 9th Ave NW and the Complete Streets improvements planned for this and other routes in the County.  Manatee County will provide water, goodies and gift bags to the first attendees.  The walk is family friendly.  Be sure to wear appropriate attire and observe safety protocols.

 

50 Footsteps to Vote- Tuesday November 3rd

50 Footsteps to Vote: most ballot drop-off locations are within 50 footsteps from a bus stop.  MCAT routes will be made free for the entire day to exercise your voting power.  Please visit the MCAT website for routes and times, and Manatee County Supervisor of Elections for polling place locations and important polling changes.

 

Urban Bicycle Ride- Wednesday November 4th

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Park and Meet at:

10th St W @ 4th Ave W

915 4th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Join us for a family-friendly ride through parts of Manatee County to get an understanding of cycling impediments and how the County is addressing them through use of the bicycle map and other tools. The ride will include discussion about the benefits of cycling and how mobility affects the community. 2 rides will take place, with the first following along a short loop downtown followed by a longer, scenic route over the two bridges.

Safety: With a police escort, the road is completely for cyclists the entire way; always use proper safety measures (for more information: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists)

Zero Car Day- Thursday November 5th

Try to get to work and services by walking, cycling, transit or carpool and share with us your wacky stories and family-friendly pictures from the day for a chance to win several prizes.  If everyone avoided single occupancy vehicles for 1 weekday each week, the roadways would have 1/5 less cars throughout the week.  Give it a try on this Thursday and always remember to be safe and that for every person walking, cycling, riding the bus, or carpooling, that is one less car in traffic.  Send your stories and pictures for Car Zero day to mobility@mymanatee.org for a chance to win one of several prizes supporting local businesses!

 

Mobility Week Wrap-Up- Friday November 6th

Check out our webpage to see prize results, pictures of the events, and more resources on safety and mobility.

Latest News

9th Avenue NW Complete Streets

Manatee County presented and solicited neighborhood comments on transportation alternatives for 9th Ave NW via online survey, between 8/18/20 and 10/1/20. Results of the online survey will be shared later this month.

To learn more about the project and what is proposed, watch the video below or view a PDF of the presentation

MANATEE COUNTY'S MOBILITY PLAN

The Manatee County Mobility Plan will be a multi-modal plan for the future of our transportation network. The plan aims to answer the important question of how we will be moving and getting around in the next 10-20 years.

It seeks to improve and sustain the quality of life for all residents and visitors of the County, with clear and achievable outcomes related to safety, connectivity, accessibility and mobility.

The plan will present the policies needed to guide transportation planning under an holistic approach and the actions necessary to achieve a shared vision Countywide. Preview the Draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP) which seeks to ensure continuous input and feedback with the public throughout the development of the Mobility Plan.

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