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Downtown Walkability

Developing strategies to encourage downtown walkability (Leader)

Through our Car-Free St. Pete initiative, the Partnership will pursue pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and corridors to build on Downtown’s existing walkability. This will include making progress in the Straza concept and potential pilot programs for temporary street closures in high-traffic areas including Central Ave. We will also continue to pursue the Car-Free St. Pete initiative through social and traditional media, consumer events, and operations of the Looper Trolley.

As our urban center continues to grow, it’s important to think creatively and holistically about transportation options. In 1996, the Downtown Partnership was named downtown’s Transportation Management Organization and launched the St. Petersburg Trolley which continues to operate the scheduled daily Downtown Looper and provide private charters for dozens of special events downtown each year – including shuttles to each Tampa Bay Rays game. In more recent years, the Downtown Partnership has launched Car-Free St. Pete, a movement encouraging people to go without their cars in the Downtown area done in partnership with the Looper Group, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, Coast Bike Share, Cross-Bay Ferry, and the St. Pete Pedicab.

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Downtown St. Pete has a construction conundrum

City officials, developers and construction leaders came together to discuss construction and its effects on the walkability of our downtown.

May 24, 2023

Two Looper Buses

Downtown Looper to Expand

The Downtown Looper will expand its route and its hours starting in October 2018 thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

July 27, 2017

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Downtown Partnership Receives Bike Friendly Business Designation

In August, the League of American Bicyclists certified the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business.

October 8, 2021

Colorful trolley passing through an intersection

Looper 2.0 Will Make It Easier and Cheaper for Downtown Residents to Get Around

The changing face of downtown St. Petersburg is prompting a revamped and expanded Downtown Looper.

September 20, 2018

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Urban Transit to Preserve Our Quality of Life

The Partnership's urban transportation strategy supports eco-conscious and publicly accessible transportation in St. Pete. Learn more about our initiatives.

January 2, 2020

Love to Ride National Bike Challenge advertisement

Love to Ride May Bike Challenge

Did you know that the SPDP supports Bike/Walk Tampa Bay (BWTB), a coalition created to promote safe walking and bicycling as preferred modes of transportation?

May 1, 2020

Side view of the SunRunner bus

PSTA Reveals Name for St. Pete's Bus Rapid Transit Project

A planned bus rapid transit project, which will link Downtown St. Petersburg & St. Pete Beach, reveals branding and name inspired by the areas it will connect.

July 8, 2020

Man riding a bike passing by rentable scooters

Downtown St. Petersburg Mobility Study

In partnership with the City of St. Pete & the Florida Department of Transportation, Forward Pinellas is conducting the Downtown St. Petersburg Mobility Study.

July 10, 2020

Two bicycle riders in the bike lane of a St. Pete road

#CarFreeStPete Is About Changing Your Mind As Much As Changing Your Habits

We're proud to promote #CarFreeStPete for locals visiting Downtown.

April 5, 2019

Downtown St. Pete road lined with cars and palm trees in sunny weather

St. Pete 2.0: Re-Imagine the Future with Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are an innovation that will change the way we travel. Read more about how the SPDP is fostering this innovation in St. Pete's downtown & beyond.

August 26, 2019

Mayor Welch headshot

Mayor Welch Highlights Progress and Priorities After 100 Days in Office

On Friday, Mayor Kenneth T. Welch celebrated his 100th day in office. The milestone is an opportunity for him to reflect, evaluate, and look forward.

April 18, 2022