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Space Coast Pathways Project

Contact: Communications Specialist

The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization is developing an Interactive Guide to Brevard’s trails, waterways, sidewalks, bike lanes and unique outdoor adventures.

Why Pathways?

Hiking, biking, paddling, running and other outdoor recreational activities are primary economic drivers in communities:

  • Trails add value to new homes and consistently remain the number one community amenity sought by perspective homeowners. (National Association of Realtors, 2008)
  • Every $1 spent on biking trails and walking paths could save approximately $3 in medical expenses. (American Heart Association)
  • Trails in Orange County support 516 jobs and have an estimated economic impact of $42.6 million annually. (East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, 2011)
  • Nearly 75% of all Florida visitors participate in nature-based activities during their visit. (Visit Florida, 2011)

Get involved! Help us map and promote non-motorized transportation options for Space Coast residents and visitors.

Pathways Project PowerPoint (11 MB)
Pathways Project Timeline
Pathways Project Overview


PATHWAYS PROJECT WORKSHOP

On October 15, 2015 nearly 70 members of the community came together to brainstorm ideas for the Pathways Project.

Workshop materials:


Find Your Path – From February, 2016

It’s Leap Year, and that means February, 2016 has an extra day for exploring Brevard County’s wealth of outdoor amenities and activities. Find Your Path for 29 Ways to Walk, Bike, Run – 29 Days of Leap Year Fun!

School’s Out: Summer Safety Tips for Drivers and Parents

School is out for summer and the SCTPO wants to remind drivers and parents about the importance of keeping children safe throughout the summer months.

Drivers should be extra cautious in looking for child pedestrians and bicyclists during the summer.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Be alert, especially in residential areas.
  • Expect the unexpected. Children may cross the street at the wrong place or suddenly run or ride in front of you.
  • Obey all laws. Slow down if there are children along the road or crossing the street. Come to a full stop at intersections.
  • Be predictable. Don’t make sudden maneuvers that others, particularly children on foot or on a bicycle, are not expecting.
  • Double check behind you and around you when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Don’t be distracted. Put down the coffee, put down the cell phone, and put both hands on the wheel. Avoid distractions within your vehicle, including loud music.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians. It isn’t just courteous, it’s the law.

Parents can help by reminding their children about staying safe on the roads.

Tips for Parents:

  • Focus on the basics. Teach your children to make eye contact with the driver before they cross, even if the walk signal is on.
  • Remind them to walk, don’t run across the road and;
  • To stop, look and listen before crossing the street.
  • Teach your children to cross at intersections that have a marked crosswalk or a pedestrian crossing light.
  • Teach children to watch out for cars that are backing up.
  • When walking with your child, avoid unnecessary shortcuts like walking through a parking lot. Drivers may not see children between parked cars and the children may not see the cars moving.
  • Remind children not to play in or around vehicles.

For more information, contact Kim Smith, Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coordinator via email or by calling 321-690-6890.

Space Coast Connector Hike or Bike

Join SCTPO, Florida Today, and Brevard Parks and Recreation for a rare opportunity to hike or mountain bike what will become a key segment of the Coast to Coast Connector in Brevard. Two Saturdays to choose from: April 4 or May 2. A number of timeslots to available. Cost is $18 and pre-registration is required. Register by going to https://registration.brevardcounty.us/, then clicking on “North Area Parks” and searching for “Space Coast Connector”.

St. Johns River Eco-Heritage Trail

Contact: Sarah Kraum

Meandering along the St. Johns River, this combination of stabilized trails and blueways will feature amenities for hikers, joggers, bicyclists, equestrians, naturalists, paddlers and the physically challenged. Trail users will be able to experience the cultural, historical, recreational and natural beauty of the St. Johns, an American Heritage River.

The St. Johns River Eco-Heritage Trail is being developed through coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District, and the St. Johns River Alliance.

St. Johns River Eco Heritage Trail

North Merritt Island Pioneer Trail

Contact: Sarah Kraum

The North Merritt Island Pioneer Trail is located at Kings Park between Chase Hammock Road and Hall Road. The 10-foot wide paved trail will be expanded to link surrounding neighborhoods to parks and conservation areas.

Pioneer Trail Map 

 

Brevard County Parks and Recreation Director Jack Masson addresses the audience at the ribbon cutting for the North Merritt Island Pioneer Trail in 2012.
Brevard County Parks and Recreation Director Jack Masson addresses the audience at the ribbon cutting for the North Merritt Island Pioneer Trail.

 

Study: Access to Trails Reduces Youth Obesity

What Happened?

A recent study found municipalities with more non-motorized nature trails and forest lands reported higher levels of youth activity and lower childhood obesity rates. Interestingly, counties with more nature preserves had lower activity levels – underscoring the importance of investing in the right type of public green space to improve public health.

Goal

According to researchers from the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota, adding non-motorized trails to municipalities, and creating easy access for local youth, directly increased physical activity rates and lowered obesity rates. Conversely, counties with more nature preserves showed decreased levels of youth physical activity, while parklands showed no impact one way or the other.

Read the full story from EfficientGov.

Read about SCTPO trail projects.

 

Central Florida’s Coast to Coast Connector Trail Reaches Its Final Stretch

The state’s most ambitious recreation trail will take in Atlantic surf and rocket launches; manatees and springs; SunRail trains; Florida-style mountains; remote forests and charming towns; and the Gulf of Mexico near St. Petersburg.

About 75 percent of the 250-mile Coast to Coast Connector is open, but difficult gaps remain to be paved.

“Let’s go finish this trail,” said Dale Allen, president of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, speaking last week to a packed room of those who will plan, pave and promote the trail, which is expected to be completed in about five years. “We need to make it the most spectacular trail in North America.”

Read the full Orlando Sentinel article.

 

Brevard County Schools Celebrate International Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 8th, children throughout Brevard County will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Students from nearly 40 Brevard County Schools will be walking and rolling to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Since it’s beginning with one school in 1997, Walk to School Day has grown to over 40 countries and a record setting 4,392 events in the United States last year. “Getting to and from school are two of the most important journeys children make every day,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. Events emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Participating Brevard Schools
Roy Allen Elementary , Melbourne
Apollo Elementary, Titusville
Atlantis Elementary, Titusville
Audubon Elementary, Merritt Island
Cambridge Elementary, Cocoa
Cape View Elementary, Cape Canaveral
Challenger 7 Elementary, Port St John
Columbia Elementary, Palm Bay
Croton Elementary, Melbourne
Endeavor Elementary, Cocoa
Enterprise Elementary, Port St John
Fairglen Elementary, Cocoa
Golfview Elementary, Rockledge
Harbor City Elementary, Melbourne (will participate on October 24th)
Imperial Estates Elementary, Titusville
Jupiter Elementary, Palm Bay
Lewis Carroll Elementary, Merritt Island
Longleaf Elementary, Melbourne
Manatee Elementary, Viera
Oak Park Elementary, Titusville
Ocean Breeze Elementary, Indian Harbor Beach
Palm Bay Elementary, Palm Bay
Pinewood Elementary, Mims
Port Malabar Elementary, Palm Bay
Quest Elementary, Viera
Riviera Elementary, Palm Bay
Roosevelt Elementary, Cocoa Beach
Saturn Elementary, Cocoa
Sea Park Elementary, Satellite Beach
Sherwood Park Elementary, Melbourne
Stevenson Elementary, Merritt Island
Stone Middle, Melbourne
Suntree Elementary, Melbourne
Surfside Elementary , Satellite Beach
Tropical Elementary, Merritt Island
West Melbourne School of Science, West Melbourne
Westside Elementary, Palm Bay
Williams Elementary, Rockledge
Viera Charter Schoo, Viera

For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA (www.walkbiketoschool.org)
National Center for Safe Routes to School (www.saferoutesinfo.org)
International Walk to School Day (www.iwalktoschool.org)

About International Walk to School Day

  • Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place.  In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
  • In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the United States.
  • Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
  • Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces New Initiative to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

PITTSBURG – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new initiative to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities through a comprehensive approach that addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection. The 18-month campaign will begin with road safety assessments conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation field offices in every state, and will produce multiple resources to help communities build streets that are safer for people walking, biking, and taking public transportation. Secretary Foxx made the announcement at the Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference, the largest gathering of transportation engineers, city planners and professional bicycle-pedestrian safety advocates and practitioners in the country.

Read the full Department of Transportation press release.

Brevard Zoo Linear Trail

Contact: Sarah Kraum

The Brevard Zoo Linear Trail is a 1.1 mile multi-use boardwalk that runs from the Zoo, east along I-95 through wetlands and oak hammocks. Eventually, the trail will extend a few miles farther south to the Pineda Causeway. The trail is open during regular Zoo hours. There is no admission fee. Under discussion for over 10 years, the trail was opened in 2014.

Showcase Trails Update Dec 2014 Brevard Zoo Full

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