County Commissioners Vote to Direct Staff to Pursue All Possible Funding Options
For the Trail Extension
At their 2/15/17 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) showed strong support for trying to find County funds to buy the right-of-way for The Legacy Trail Extension now, rather than wait for a voter referendum in two years. They directed county staff to investigate all possible funding options and scenarios to get this done sooner rather than later. County staff will report back to the Commissioners at their budget meeting this Friday 2/17/17.
In other good news, we learned that the Trust for Public Land has now signed a contract to buy the right-of-way land from CSX. The current plan is for the land to be paid for in two phases. The first half of the trail will cost $20M and the second half will cost $18M. Completion of the sale is contingent upon Sarasota County finding funds to pay for the first half of the corridor by the end of 2017.
Thanks to everyone who wrote emails, made phone calls, and came to the BCC meeting to support The Legacy Trail Extension. The Commissioners received over 300 personal emails and many phone calls supporting the Extension. More than 100 supporters attended the meeting. Your support helped to demonstrate the strong community support for the Commissioners to act now.
For a more detailed discussion of our view of The Legacy Trail financing situation and funding options, Click Here.
Click Here to see the potential economic benefits of the Trail Extension to Sarasota County.
Financing Bicycle Infrastructure: The Case of the Legacy Trail Extension
From the Blog of Doug Barnes
With a feeling of common purpose, I’m sitting amongst a sea of yellow in the first floor meeting room in Sarasota County Administration building in Florida. The call by the Friends of the Legacy Trail and the local bicycle organizations to attend the February 15, 2017 meeting is an overwhelming success. Not only are there about 100 supporters of the extension of the Legacy Trail in the room, but 300 sent emails and many others made phone calls. The call to action was issued because of the possibility of a 2 year delay in the financing of the Legacy Trail Extension to Sarasota.
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End of Existing Legacy Trail, Sarasota, Florida: Beginning of Extension
Photo by Doug Barnes
Legacy Trail Counter Data
Are you one of the estimated 175,000 annual users of the Legacy Trail? Probably so, if you are reading this. Great news! There were 55,000 more of you on the Legacy Trail in 2016 than the 120,000 reported in each of the last few years. Many of you have asked us why the number of trail users has seemed to, well, stagnate when it appears there is a growing number of people enjoying the trail.
Importance of the Legacy Trail Bicycle Bridge in Venice, Florida
Click here to read Doug Barnes’ fascinating blog article about the Legacy Trail Bridge over the Venice Route 41 Bypass.
Signs Along the Trail
Click here to see collages
of signs put together
by Steve Uglinica.
Driving Miss Isabella
2017 Tour de Parks Registration Now Open
20, 35 and 62-Mile Scenic Fun Rides
12 Beautiful Parks!
Bike Repair Stations Coming to The Trail!
Sarasota County will be installing four bike repair stations on the Legacy Trail and more at other locations in the county. The four proposed locations on the Trail are: Osprey Junction Trailhead, Venice Train Depot, Laurel Park and Central Sarasota Parkway. Installation will begin in November. Special thanks to Patrick Lui, County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator, for initiating and making this idea happen. Also, thanks to Megan Donoghue, Parks Department, who will be assembling and installing the stations. More …
|2017 Tour de Parks|
The date for the 2017 Tour de Parks bike ride has been set for Sunday, March 26, 2017. Once again, Friends of The Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club will be teaming up to put on this great event. Click here for more information and registration.
April 2, 2017
Sponsored by the Friends of the River of Grass Greenway (FROGG). Sign up for the 16, 27 (off-road) or 62-mile course. To register and for more information, visit Race Roster at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9232/everglades-bike-ride.
FLT volunteers give many presentations throughout the year to schools, homeowner associations, churches, businesses, clubs and others who would like to know more about The Legacy Trail. Our lively presentation typically covers trail amenities, history, and the latest news on efforts to extend the trail to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota. The presentation can also be tailored to the unique interest and time available. We arrive “fully equipped” at your location with laptop and projector, or we can load our presentation on your A/V equipment.
We are enthusiastic supporters of The Legacy Trail, and want to share our passion for this multi-use, non-motorized trail. Help us build the broad community support for the next critical decision point – finding and committing the money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.
Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.
Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.