The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Great News! The City of Sarasota Approves Construction of Protected Bike Lanes on Ringling Blvd

Map by Steve Martin

The new protected bike lanes on each side of Ringling Blvd will provide a safe bicycle route from the northern end of The Legacy Trail near Payne park to central downtown Sarasota near the location of the Saturday Farmers Market!  The bike lanes will go from Lime Ave. to S. Pineapple Ave. Many thanks to the Sarasota city commissioners for approving this project and to the city staff for their diligent and thorough work to make this happen.

An online survey on the proposal gathered 700 responses, 95% of which supported redesigning Ringling to better accommodate bikes.  Dan Ohrenstein, Assistant City Engineer, stated “I would challenge anyone to find an issue in society today that has that much positivity.”

The challenge is a fun, free regional competition for individuals and organizations in CSW Florida (from Polk County down to Collier Country) to get more people riding bikes. 

After registering you simply record your bike trip mileages on their website. Get more information and register to join the Friends of The Legacy Trail Team here.

New Video of Legacy Trail Construction

Check out this great drone video from Brett Koppes, the “Sarasota Drone Guy.” These scenes were taken between Bee Ridge and McIntosh Roads.

Now Arriving at the Venice Train Depot

Photo by Mike Soltis

A historic Ringling train car has been moved into place at the Venice Train Depot. With the help of numerous donors, the Venice Area Historical Society brought the retired circus train car to the Train Depot campus and is donating it to Sarasota County for viewing by the public. Click here for more pictures of the installation.

Ring In the New Year

Start the new year off right with a FREE bike bell! Friends of The Legacy Trail will be giving away bike bells at our information table located at the Bay Street-Legacy Trail intersection on Saturdays, 9 am to noon (weather permitting) . Bells will be free to FLT members or to people who sign up for a membership, make a purchase, or make a donation of $5 or more. Easy, friendly, and effective, these bells can be used to alert others when passing — and to ring in the new year!

Update on the Trail Extension Progress and Schedule

In this latest Sarasota County video Jon Robinson and Nichole Rissler review the the year’s progress on the trail extension and provide an update on where we are now.


Total To Date:   $91,003 from 729 Donations.

Help Us Fund Amenities on the Trail Extension.  Donate square feet of The Trail and know the GPS location of your square feet!
Click Here to Get Your Part of The Trail!
Current Donor List

Here is the approximate location of the next available square foot.


Friends of The Legacy Trail