In its FY 2008/2009 – 2009/2010 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) established the need to prepare a Bicycle/Pedestrian Corridor Study. The study was to identify a specific implementation plan for a priority corridor identified in the St. Lucie County’s Greenways and Trails Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan. A priority corridor was identified that connects all jurisdictions, is located in a populated area likely to attract trail users, provides a potential link to the Florida East Coast Greenway and represents a potential “early win” project for greenways implementation in St. Lucie County. The corridor presents a safe, constructible route that captures the most users by connecting neighborhoods, schools, places of employment and local attractions. The study identifies a specific preferred alignment, alternative considerations, a list of opportunities and constraints for the corridor and, following stakeholder input, a list of action steps to guide the implementation process.
The plan defines a corridor that may act as the north/south spine for the greenways network system within St. Lucie County. The corridor meets the goals and objectives of the 2030 Regional Long Range Transportation Plan (RLRTP) by enhancing multi-modal transportation, and increasing recreation and economic opportunities in the County. The corridor may be defined as a linear open space corridor with facilities for non-motorized travel, including walking, bicycling, running, horse back riding, and other uses. When implemented, the corridor may increase and enhance multi-modal transportation, tourism, education, recreation, economic development, health, physical fitness, and environmental conservation throughout the area. The north/south corridor will provide opportunities for seniors to be more physically active, for children to walk or bike to school, for people to commute to work without their cars, and to connect local communities together. All of these benefits will enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of St. Lucie County.