You are invited to participate in this study to help plan for a safe, comfortable, and more connected bicycle/pedestrian trail system in the targeted area (see first map below). The outcome will be a comprehensive transportation plan that:

  • Identifies a variety of interconnected routes;
  • Offers safe alternatives to cars;
  • Accommodates people of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities; and
  • Provides transportation choices including walking, bicycling, and connections to transit.


The study has several phases and multiple opportunities for public input:  

While this effort is focused on a small geographic area, the selected alternatives will be part of a larger, two-county active transportation network that is part of the southwest regional Gulf Coast Trail and Florida’s statewide SUN Trail system (see second map below).

What you can do today:

  • TAKE THE SURVEY!! (Click the tab at the top of this box.)

  • Share it with your friends, family, and neighbors.  

Active Transportation Plan

The Sarasota Trail Alignment Study will contribute to implementing the Sarasota/Manatee Active Transportation Plan (the Plan) that was completed in November of 2019. The Plan envisions a two-county network of transportation options using bicycle and pedestrian trails for residents and visitors to connect to key destinations, transit services, and the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail network.  The existing conditions for Sarasota and Manatee Counties, along with feedback from stakeholders and community partners, led to these goals:   

  • Improve safety for people walking, bicycling, and riding transit;
  • Increase the number of walking, bicycling, and transit trips in the region;
  • Promote equity in the transportation planning, design, funding, implementation, and evaluation process; and
  • Achieve a connected, safe, accessible, and comfortable network for bicyclists, pedestrians, trail users, and transit riders.

Active transportation is one aspect of the much larger 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan for the Sarasota/Manatee region.  A well-designed transportation system includes an availability of multiple modes of travel, connectivity between them, and equitable access to facilities that make active transportation an easier and safer choice.  

Long-Term Vision Network:

ATP & Study Area
Map 1 (above)

Active Transportation

Active transportation relies on physical activity for travel and includes walking, biking, rolling, and accessing transit.  A well-connected active transportation network ensures a more livable and just community, city, and region. A comprehensive active transportation network supports:

  • Personal and public health;
  • Sustainability and resiliency;
  • Community and social ties;
  • Economic growth and development;
  • Equity and inclusivity; and
  • Diversity of choices in travel modes.

Regional and State Trail Systems

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails has identified a strategic, connected priority trail system throughout the state.  This includes several major regional trails that form the Shared-Use Nonmotorized SUN Trail Network.  The fourth priority of the SUN Trail network is the Gulf Coast Trail which spans 330 miles from Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties southward into Collier County.  A popular local trail that is one part of this larger network is the Legacy Trail. The Sarasota Trail Alignment Study will help to fill in one of the gaps on the regional and statewide network of multi-use trails.

Explore the SUN Trail Map below or CLICK HERE


















Map 2 (above)


Metropolitan Planning Organization


Ryan Brown
Planning Manager
[email protected]

Wenonah "Nina" Venter
Multi Modal Planner
[email protected]



Informational Interviews

February & March 2022

Project Advisory Group, Meeting #1

Kick-off meeting and field review on April 20, 2022. 

Public Survey #1

This survey will be released in April 2022.

Project Advisory Group, Meeting #2

Late 2022 (September/October)

Public Survey #2

This survey will be released in November 2022.

Public Workshop

January 2023

Project Advisory Group, Meeting #3

Early 2023 (February or March)

Project Conclusion

The recommendations that come out of this study will be reviewed by the MPO's Governing Board for formal adoption.