No one enjoys traffic congestion, not even the planet. Transportation is a key sustainability issue for the city of Clearwater, as using fossil fuels for transportation is the second-largest contributor to the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Providing safe, convenient and affordable transportation options for individuals is an important component of the city’s sustainability plan, Clearwater Greenprint. The city is working to make its streets better for all modes of transportation, including people walking, riding bikes, in wheelchairs and users of public transportation. When possible, we each can do our part by choosing to walk and bike more and drive less. Consider making it fun by setting a personal challenge to achieve. Not only is it good for the planet, it’s also good for our health and wallets.
Another way to lessen our environmental impact is to purchase more efficient vehicles. Consider choosing a hybrid or electric vehicle as your next car purchase. The industry has come a long way, and you may be surprised by the various vehicles and prices.
By reducing the number of miles we each travel in a vehicle and transitioning to electric vehicles, we can greatly reduce emissions and benefit our environment.
- Multiple trails have been constructed to connect larger trails, and trail users can now travel all the way from Tampa to Clearwater Beach.
- Numerous intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and advanced traffic management systems (ATMS) have been installed around the city to improve congestion, and pedestrian signals have been installed at key intersections.
- The city created a transportation planner position in 2016 to focus on the future of the city’s transportation.
- In 2017, the city partnered with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to construct the Clearwater Beach Transit Center. The center added a bus bay, multiple covered pedestrian waiting areas, and new stops for riders making connections along the beach.
- In 2019, the Clearwater City Council approved the Complete Streets Implementation Plan to achieve appropriate, active and safe streets. By understanding how the surrounding community uses core streets, they can be re-designed to better meet needs of people who use them.