Dunedin City Commission adopts transport plan | North County
DUNEDIN — The more people who are persuaded to use means of transport other than their car, the easier it will be for people who want to use their car.
The comment was among several made by City Commissioner Jeff Gow, who is also a board member of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, leading to the commission’s Jan. 20 approval of a multimodal transportation plan.
“So even for car enthusiasts, it’s a wonderful plan,” Gow said.
The plan, he said, has the potential to transform the community’s forward thinking.
“I really asked all the staff to really look through the lens of a cyclist,” Gow said.
The plan aims to improve and strengthen the city’s transportation network for all modes of transportation, the document said. It builds on previous transportation and land use planning efforts and initiatives. It outlines specific transportation improvements in the city and provides a toolkit of traffic-calming measures that the city can implement as it sees fit, according to the city’s notes.
Among other comments from the commissioners, Deobrah Kynes said she frequently visits Boxcar, a small cafe located downtown on Pinellas Trail.
Coming from the parking lot and heading west to cross the Pinellas Trail to get to the Boxcar is tough, she said.
Kynes suggested that a “passage of people, something fun” be established at the site.
“Just to let people know it’s a very dense area there…and you see a lot of kids and families and everyone trying to get to the Boxcar and it gets really crowded at this point,” she said.
Other commissioners said they liked the idea, noting the congestion in the area.
“It’s a wonderful problem to have, but we have security issues downtown,” Gow said.
Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski suggested that commissioners discuss the idea at an upcoming strategic planning session.
The priority strategies included in the City’s multimodal transport master plan are:
• Update citywide programs, plans and procedures.
• Carry out education activities and initiatives for safer streets.
• Prioritize pedestrian visibility and safety at intersections and level crossings.
• Improve street lighting in corridors to increase pedestrian visibility.
• Maintain an accessible and safe pedestrian network.
• Create and implement a cycling network that serves all ages and abilities.
• Improve the safety and user-friendliness of the Pinellas Trail.
• Increase access to micromobility options and transit connections.
• Continue to increase transit options.
• Expand the education and function of golf carts.
• Create safer and more dynamic streets that serve multiple modes of transportation.
The corridor studies, the results of the city’s citizen survey and the results of the 2020 city commission retreat confirmed the direction for the development of the city-wide multimodal transport master plan. the city.
The city received a state grant of $40,000 to help develop the plan.
Staff along with consultants worked with various agencies, local stakeholders and citizens in developing the plan and presented a draft to the Municipal Board at a working session on June 1 for comments and guidance.
Staff then worked with the consultant to update the plan.