Contact: Carol Holden
Main Agenda Items
- Clearlake Road PD&E Study
- Space Coast Pathways Project
- Eco-Tourism Plan for Brevard County
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.
Hiking, biking, paddling, running and other outdoor recreational activities are primary economic drivers in communities:
Get involved! Help us map and promote non-motorized transportation options for Space Coast residents and visitors.
PATHWAYS PROJECT WORKSHOP
On October 15, 2015 nearly 70 members of the community came together to brainstorm ideas for the Pathways Project.
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 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:
Parents can help by reminding their children about staying safe on the roads.
Tips for Parents:
For more information, contact Kim Smith, Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coordinator via email or by calling 321-690-6890.
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://
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 development of the St. Johns River Eco-Heritage Trail will require coordination between Brevard County, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Contact: Sarah Kraum
The North Merritt Island Pioneer Trail is proposed to travel from the NASA causeway to SR 3 at Smith Road. It would include the 10-foot wide multi-use trail at Kings Park located between Chase Hammock Road and Hall Road.
This project is currently on the SCTPO Project Priority list for a feasibility study.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.