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With Just Getting Started, Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Dr. Kanika Tomalin is “telling the St. Pete story” through one-on-one conversations with change-makers. With many exciting plans and projects on the horizon, St. Petersburg’s upward trajectory remains strong. “So much has been done, but here’s the secret: We’re just getting started.”

08/29/2020 | Episode 06 | 31:38

Just Getting Started: Exciting new modes of transportation

Just Getting Started: Exciting new modes of transportation

Cheryl Stacks, the city's transportation manager, talks with Dr. Tomalin about the upcoming electric scooter pilot program, scheduled for 18 months and then subject to review. The program will launch in late September or early October. They also discuss the Sunrunner BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line between downtown and St. Pete Beach, and the city's Complete Streets initiative, which plans, designs and adapts St. Petersburg thoroughfares and transportation with an eye towards the future.

Key Insights

  • Electric scooters, coming soon to change the downtown profile: "We wanted to be very careful to integrate into (pedestrian traffic) in a way that was very seamless."
  • In late September or early October, scooter manufactureres Veo and Razor will each provide 225 scooters for St. Pete. "We're framing it as a pilot project right now."
  • There will be approximately 100 "scooter corrals" located at street level downtown.
  • Scooters (top speed: 15 MPH) are prohibited on sidewalks and may only be operated in bike lanes or on low-speed streets.
  • "We've seen other cities roll their programs out first," Dr. Tomalin says. "And it was very wise to learn from some of their experiences."
  • Scooters, conceivably, could be used for the "First Mile" or "Last Mile" of a journey downtown, or to other transit methods. "Park once, play often."
  • Any scooter can be returned to any available parking corral.
  • A one-way trip on the Sunrunner BST service - "beach to 'Burg" - will take 40 minutes.
  • "In Complete Streets, we consider all modes when we're planning and designing our transportation infrastructure."
  • Complete Streets' newest focus is on 18th Avenue South.

Dr. Tomalin’s guest is City Transportation Manager Cheryl Stacks; they discuss the Sunrunner BRT bus line between the beaches and downtown, electric scooters, the Complete Streets initiative and the other transportation innovations planned for St. Pete’s limitless future.


I have spent my career dedicated to making sure I fully understand all elements of transportation, from planning through design, operations, maintenance and back to planning again."

We want to make sure we're providing a lot of mobility options for people ... we're just not going to have the space for everybody to be driving their own car, and have one person in it."

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