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Sarasota in Motion

Sarasota in Motion

Since April of this year, my colleagues and I in the Planning Department have begun working on the first city-wide transportation master plan, called Sarasota In Motion. This plan aims to address our city’s transportation needs and outlines planning strategies for the next 25 years. When it is completed, Sarasota In Motion will serve as a playbook for how the city not only invests in transportation infrastructure, but also how it achieves the community’s larger quality of life goals.

So far, an estimated 2,500 people have participated in our outreach process by responding to our surveys and visiting our website. In addition, we have interacted with hundreds of participants at our stakeholder and citizen workshops. But we are not done! Our goal is to include as many stakeholders as possible. We want to make sure we are planning for everyone in Sarasota.

We are now moving forward with Phase Two, which includes continued public outreach through our new interactive online map.

online map

This map will allow citizens to zoom in on specific streets, intersections, and routes to post comments and ideas. Your feedback will help shape the city’s vision and action plan for transportation improvements.

While we are still gathering community input, it is important to note some trends.

  • Eighty-two percent of survey respondents said they most often choose to drive over biking, walking, or taking the bus, but only 57% listed that as their preference.

  • Forty-two percent said they never bike, but 53% said they would like to in the future.

  • And while 78% of respondents never take the bus, almost a third would like to use some form of mass transit in the future.

  • Walking was the most preferred option with 65% of respondents saying they would like to travel on foot. These responses indicate support and desire for safe and comfortable streets for people of all ages and abilities.

Now we need your help to know what specific improvements you would like to see!

Get involved:

  • Check out the online map
  • Join us October 22 at Selby Library from 11:30am–1:00pm or at Goodwill Selby Newtown Center from 4:00–5:30pm
  • Follow City of Sarasota on Twitter and Facebook for pop-up event announcements

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