Friends of Flagler Trail

Friends of Flagler Trail

About the Friends of Flagler Trail

  • The Flagler Trail is a proposed multi-use trail that would run north-south through South Florida. Portions of the Flagler Trail may be parallel to the Florida East Coast (FEC) railway and potential sections will be on the FEC right-of-way, making it a Rail-with-Trail segment. Flagler Trail is part of The Miami Loop which will encompass a 225-mile active transportation route connecting numerous public transportation systems and community destinations throughout South Florida, including employment centers, schools, health-care facilities, parks and open space, beaches, and cultural and civic attractions in the most populous county in Florida. Approximately 54 percent of the network is already complete, and nearly 86 percent of the LOOP’s proposed corridors are publicly owned.

Barks, C., Kapp, A., & Rails to Trails Conservancy. (2018, January 12). Bright Horizons: Florida’s Miami LOOP. Retrieved July 2, 2018, from https://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2018/january/12/bright-horizons-florida-s-miami-loop/

  • Friends of Flagler Trail has the potential to connect multiple critical neighborhoods to downtown. In addition,
    • Increased safety for non-motorized travel
    • Economic opportunities
    • Improved health, equity, and inclusion
  • Friends of Flagler Trail is supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and will support the development of the Flagler Trail. UHP is working on building support and advocacy for the Friends of Flagler Trail.

 

  • Friends of Flagler Trail Vision –
  • To advocate for the creation of a dedicated bicycling and walking path (the Flagler Trail) along or parallel to the Florida East Coast (FEC) corridor to increase access to safe active transportation and build healthier, more connected communities in Southeast Florida.
    • This will be accomplished by:
      • Raising awareness
      • Building support
      • Involving surrounding communities
      • Building partnerships
      • Participating in trail planning and design

 

  • Structure
  • Friends of Flagler Trail will function in the short-term as an initiative within Urban Health Partnerships, a Florida non-profit. As support for the trail is built and leaders are identified, development of a Steering Committee will be considered. Further growth of the Friends group would aim for the development of an independent organization with its respective Board of Directors.

 

  • Goals of Friends of Flagler Trail 

 

  • Brief History
    • September 1895, Henry Flagler’s system was incorporated as the Florida East Coast Railway Company
    • FEC reached Miami on April 15, 1896
    • After 1920’s, rail service began to decline
    • Summer of 2012, FEC announces passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando
    • Brightline started service Summer 2018
    • Examples and Importance of Multi-use Trails
      • Research Finds Trail Has Real Health Impact in Miami – In the summer of 2017, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy completed a 2015 survey study that shows a positive correlation between physical activity and health cost savings on The Underline (M-Path) in Miami.
      • There have been 230+ successful rail-with-trail projects in FLA and other states.

 

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