What is a Greenway?

 A corridor of land recognized for its ability to connect people and places. Many are ribbons of open space located within linear corridors that are either natural and/or near bays, oceans, gulfs, rivers, and streams, or even man-made such as abandoned railroad beds and utility corridors. In more urban areas they may include existing, but modified paved roadways that enhance existing recreational opportunities, provide routes for alternative transportation, and improve the overall quality of life in an area. These trails can be paved or unpaved and can be designed to accommodate a variety of trail users, including bicyclists, walkers, hikers, joggers, skaters, and even those individuals requiring assisted mobility devices. The benefits can also ultimately greatly affect the sustainability of a region’s economic, environmental, social equity and health.

Greenway Benefits... 

...ultimately affect the sustainability resiliency of a region’s economic, environmental, social, & physical health by….

  • Creating Value & Generating Economic Activity 

  • Improving Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation

  • Improving Health through Active Living

  • Providing Safe Accessible Fun & Healthy Exercise Opportunities for the Physically Challenged 

  • Clear Skies, Clean Rivers, & Protected Wildlife

  • Protecting People & Property from Flood & Hurricane Damage

  • Enhancing Heritage & Cultural Awareness for a Community's Identity

Our Southside Greenway  Plan

A regional multimodal transportation (bikes, scooters, & buses) network of trails & lanes for biking, walking, jogging, & rolling while also providing free or very low-cost car-free last mile transportation options. In our assemblage of Southern Pinellas's existing assets including the Pinellas & Skyway Trails and our City’s North Bay Trail along the downtown waterfront to the Weedon Island Preserve, we will then join the country’s other elite cities utilizing an emerald necklace as an interconnected loop: Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Baltimore, Jacksonville, & Orlando.

 

From the SunRunner stations to north, a biking & recreational overlay branding of the 22nd St So corridor as the Deuces Trail will become the cornerstone in developing the Southside Greenway by creating our very unique urban ecotourism bike touring destination by directly connecting our City’s urban cultural assets: museums, art galleries, vast collection of culinary, arts, shopping venues, AND the St. Pete Pier & City parks, etc. with our unique southern Lake Maggiore Subtropical Ecosystem. Residents will now also be provided additional connection not only with our urban cultural assets, parks & recreation centers, but also with our schools, libraries, employment training & opportunities, social & medical services, & our churches. 

OUR GOAL: DEVELOP NEW CITY & REGIONAL ECONOMIC  DRIVERS 

Urban Ecotourism   City Heritage Tourism   African American Heritage Tourism   Accessibilty Nature Tourism  

Clicking on the below key blue locations of schools, parks, museums, art galleries, social service providers, & healthcare providers

will demonstrate how safe, economical, & very mobile transportation can now be achieved & enjoyed in a car-free environment.

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