Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - December 1, 2015
REVISED December 1, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #41

Manatee County Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trails Plan


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Clarke Davis
Transportation Planning Division Manager
941.708.7450, x7272

Nelson Galeano
Transportation Systems Engineer

Action Requested

Accept the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trails Strategy as the preferred approach to developing the multi-modal plans and identifying related project priorities.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Policies of Traffic Circulation Goals 5.4 and 5.6, Comprehensive Plan as related to bicycle & pedestrian facility planning and complete streets.

Background Discussion

Staff has been developing a strategy for Manatee County's Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trail planning. This will serve as a guide to planning and prioritizing multi-modal transportation facilities. For this agenda item, staff will present the development of this strategy.

The strategy is expected to be part of a maintained planning document and constitute a data-driven effort to select and prioritize non-motorized mobility projects. The general methodology consists of identifying the available infrastructure, evaluating demand, and identifying areas that need additional non-motorized facilities. Staff used land use and traffic statistics as predictors of areas where bicycle and pedestrian facilities will have the most value.

Staff evaluated existing inventory to estimate and prioritize future needs. Consideration of fiscal limitations and potential funding sources were also taken into account to establish eligibility for federal funding while remaining consistent with local & regional transportation policy.

The presentation will discuss a range of potential improvements, such as, revised pavement markings for wider bike lanes, paved shoulders for inclusion of bike lanes, and sidewalks or trails.

As the strategy continues to evolve, staff will look for opportunities to include more data and analysis of non-motorized travel and seek public and stakeholder involvement.  Staff seeks the Board's concurrence that the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trail Strategy is an acceptable approach to developing the County multi-modal plans and related project priorities.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

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Reviewing Attorney

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