The Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO is working with Charlotte County and the City of Punta Gorda to create Charlotte County’s first ever Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan! This exciting study will define a plan to build a better and more complete network of bike lanes, sidewalks, and trails to make it easier and safer to walk and bike around Charlotte County.

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When it comes to knowing where the concerns, issues, and opportunities are around the county, the people that live in, work in, and visit Charlotte County are the best people to turn to. For that reason, we need you! Do you want to see a new bike lane, sidewalk, or trail? Is there a spot you think could be safer for walkers or cyclists? Or is there something out there that you love and want to see more of?

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Charlotte County’s 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan identifies the need to develop a countywide greenways and trails master plan that looks for opportunities on state and county roadways, public utility corridors, and state lands. In addition, the Smart Charlotte 2050 Comprehensive Plan identifies the need to transform the County’s automobile-oriented transportation system to a fully-integrated multimodal system. Recognizing the value of safe, accessible, and integrated bicycle and pedestrian facilities, we are developing the County’s first Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan.

The goal of this effort is to develop an inventory of needed bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Charlotte County, including safety and operational improvements at major intersections. and synthesize various trails and bicycle and pedestrian facilities relating to safety, connectivity, health, and education. The plan will also define program goals and objectives within an overall policy context, identifying key challenges, needs, and opportunities for the efficient development of an effective countywide system.

  • Existing conditions review – The team conducted a desktop review of available data and field review to identify existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, potential challenges, growth patterns, seasonal population, and tourism trends; community amenities, such as parks, preservation areas, schools, and other destinations; areas of roadway congestion; and locations with safety concerns. The field review was conducted in September and included using a drone to capture images and videos at locations around the county.
  • Plans, policies, and studies review – The team reviewed plans, policies, and studies for their relevance to the Master Plan. This includes recommended projects and existing policies that may affect implementation.
  • Gaps analysis and identification of needs – The team is assisting the MPO and County to identify gaps in the bicycle and pedestrian network. Existing facility suitability will use roadway speed and number of travel lanes as measures to identify the level of separation from a roadway bicycle and pedestrian facilities need. The analysis will be used to identify gaps between existing facilities as well as facilities that are substandard because of the roadway context. The team is also helping the MPO and County to identify future plans and funds for extending the state SUN Trail Network through Charlotte County. For more information about SUN Trail, visit floridasuntrail.com.
  • Funding and costs review – The team is documenting current available funding sources for bicycle, pedestrian, and multi-use trail strategies, including local, state, federal, and private sources and is developing planning level costs for the bicycle and pedestrian projects identified in the gaps analysis.
  • Design Guidance – The team is reviewing design guidance and standards for pedestrian and bicycle investments. Policies and guidance will reflect the City of Puta Gorda’s Complete Streets ordinance as well as FDOT’s Green Book on bicycle and pedestrian design, FDOT’s new Complete Streets Manual, and guidance established by AASHTO, NACTO, and FHWA.
  • Programs and policies review – The team is reviewing potential programs and policies to support the vision and goals of this plan, while considering the capacity of the MPO and partner agencies to serve either a leading or supporting role in implementing those programs, as well as high level costs to administer them.

Public engagement – The team developed an interactive map that allows residents and visitors to identify concerns, ideas, and projects around the county. In spring 2018, the team will hold a round of community workshops to present the recommendations from the project based on the public input received.