The City of Titusville, Florida / Community Development / Economic Development / NewsBLAZING TRAILS: The Convergence of Three Trails in TitusvilleBy Sarah Kraum, Multi-modal Program Specialist - Space Coast TPO
In today’s active world, multi-use trails are being integrated into transportation planning as they encourage local economic development, recreational opportunities and healthier lifestyles. The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization is committed to increasing the network of on and off-road bicycle and pedestrian facilities within Brevard County.
Most notably, Brevard’s newly installed section of the Florida East Central Regional Rail Trail, which stretches from Canaveral Avenue to the Volusia County line, is a paved 12-foot wide multi-use trail that will connect with 52 miles of rail trail in Volusia County. This regional trail is also part of the larger Coast to Coast Trail, which stretches from St. Petersburg to Titusville, the St. Johns River to Sea Loop which will connect five counties, and the East Coast Greenway that runs the East Coast of the United States. This trail that intersects Titusville serves as an essential connection and will add to the states interconnectivity of safe pedestrian and bicycle features. Additionally, on a local level, it will serve as a safe corridor for bicyclist and pedestrians traveling to Mims Elementary School.
Why are trails important in our communities?
Regional trails like the Florida East Central Rail Trail offer the opportunity for economic redevelopment and increased tourism. Titusville’s trails have the potential to draw cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and other trail blazers who will spend in the area via local businesses, restaurants and lodging. Noting this growth prospective, the City of Titusville has already embraced the concept of redeveloping as a “Trail Town.” The city continues to invest in developing trails, trail amenities, trails marketing and it has opened a new Welcome Center with bicycle concierge through the Coast to Coast Bike Shop.
Why are trails important to Brevard families?
Multi-use trails provide families with the opportunity for recreation, increased mobility, and healthy active recreation options. This new regional trail will provide a safe 12.8 mile multi-use trail and 5.4 miles of equestrian trail for Brevard families to enjoy together.
We are excited to celebrate these converging trails with Titusville locals, tourists, and Brevardians alike, in the near future at an official ribbon cutting and community-ride event. We look forward to showing Central Florida how the Space Coast is blazing trails.
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