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Punta Gorda Pathways

The Punta Gorda Pathways is a system of approximately 18 miles of Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails and Paths that will connect the City's neighborhoods, parks, and commercial areas.  This system will benefit resident and visitor alike, enhancing our quality of life.  The Punta Gorda Pathways project is being funded through a combination of Federal Transportation Funds, 1 Cent Local Option Infrastructure Sale Tax, and private sector development projects.  This major infrastructure investment represents a down payment on the path to a more sustainable Punta Gorda. 

Due to the scale of this undertaking, The Punta Gorda Pathways is composed of various projects:  Harborwalk, Linear Park, US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT), and the Connector Projects.  The major component of The Punta Gorda Pathways is broken down into several phases and are being constructed as funds become available.                               

 

                           

Harborwalk

Punta Gorda Harborwalk established in 2010, is situated along scenic Charlotte Harbor. The Harborwalk encompasses approximately three (3) miles of Punta Gorda Pathways.  This signature feature  connects East Punta Gorda at Charlotte Regional Medical Center to West Punta Gorda at Fishermen’s Village with safe means of access under both US 41 bridges.  Featured destination points along the Harborwalk   include:
- Laishley Park Marina                           
- Laishley Park
- Interactive Fountain                 
- Gilchrist Park
- Trabue Park                               
- Fishing Pier
- Restaurants/Shops/Hotels   
- Spirit of Punta Gorda Sculpture

Linear Park

The City’s Linear Park transformed the historic railroad right-of-way, once the southern terminus of railroad service on the western coast of Florida, into a scenic trail. Connecting the Harborwalk, to the north, to US 41 at the southern end of downtown, the path traverses for approximately two (2) miles through the City’s historic neighborhood district.  Assessable from Linear Park Pathways are:
- Fisherman’s Village (Restaurants/Shops/Marina)
- Visual Arts Center                      
- Sculpture Park
- Educational Markers                 
- Connection to Harborwalk     

 

Linear Park - "Parks that Teach" Program

The “Parks that Teach” corridor of the City’s newly completed PuntaGorda’s Pathways.   Guided tours will be led by the University of Florida’s Master Gardeners, individuals who have completed an extensive training course in gardening sponsored by the University of Florida.  As you walk thru the pathway, view the unique ecosystems of the mangroves, identify trees and shrubs, and learn how these plants can fit into your home landscape.  In addition, experience the habitats that support many different Florida creatures including alligators, wading birds, turtles, fish, raccoons, and crabs.  

The Master Gardener guides will introduce native, non-native Florida Friendly (good to plant ) and invasive plants (not good to plant) and the difference between each.  Learn about the importance of the mangrove community, it’s value as a habitat and the support it provides as nursery grounds for fish, birds, crabs and other creatures as well as the ability of the mangroves to survive under low oxygen and saline environments. 

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ALL TOURS ARE FREE

Monthly tours are held on the

1st SATURDAY - 8:00AM

3rd WEDNESDAY - 9:30AM

No RSVP are required

Tours depart from Fisherman's Village parking lot near the tennis courts. Tours will last approximatly 1 1/2 hours. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.  For Additional information or to scheduel a group tour call the Master Gardners at 941-764-4340

MURT

Approximately four (4) miles long the US 41 Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) provides visitors and residents an opportunity to connect to neighborhoods and commercial areas south of the historic core of Punta Gorda: 
               
- Burnt Store Meadows            
- Burnt Store Isles
- Seminole Lakes                       
- History Park   
- Punta Gorda Library   
- Golf Course
- Muscle Car Museum  
- Hounds on Henry
- YMCA (gym & tennis)      
- Shopping & Dining       

 

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BICYCLE ROUTES

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Look for the Signs!

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Bridges

A 30 mile ride runs over 13 bridges in the Punta Gorda area including a round trip over beautiful Charlotte Harbor

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Tropical Gulf

A 31 mile ride runs south to the Webb-Babcock National Wildlife Refuge and back to historic Downtown Punta Gorda

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Punta Gorda

A 17 mile ride runs west from Downtown Punta Gorda through the beautiful Punta Gorda Isles neighborhood, then east past Edison State College, and back Downtown.

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Washington Loop

A 30 mile ride runs east from downtown past the Punta Gorda Airport on a scenic route in the countryside around Washington Loop Rd and Riverside Dr.

 

BICYCLE ETIQUETTE

 

Bicycle Etiquette and Florida Law

In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver.  Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other   vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Bicycling on roadways

  • Bicyclists are allowed on all roadways in Florida except where specifically prohibited
  • Bicyclists operating on roadways have all the rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle under Florida Law
  • Bicyclists have the right to occupy the travel lane if the travel lane is not wide enough for the safe passage of both a vehicle and a bicycle
  • A vehicle passing a bicycle must give a minimum of 3 feet of clearance to the bicyclist
  • A vehicle may legally cross a double yellow line in order to pass a bicycle

Bicycling in general

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles under Florida Law
  • Bicycles are permitted on sidewalks under Florida Law
  • Headlight and taillight is required for operation of a bicycle from dusk till dawn
  • Helmets are required for any rider under 16 years old

Sharing the Shared-use Path

  • Respect other trail users: joggers, walkers, wheelchairs all have trail rights Respect slower cyclists; yield to slower users Obey speed limits; they are posted for your safety
  • Announce when passing: use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass Warn others well in advance so you do not startle them clearly announce “On your left” when passing
  • Yield when entering and crossing:  yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road Yield to other users at trail intersections Slow down before intersections and when entering the trail from the road
  • Keep right:  stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing Give yourself enough room to maneuver around any hazards Ride single file to avoid possible collisions with other trail users
  • Pass on left:  scan ahead and behind before announcing your intention to pass another user Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right 
For additional information on the rights and duties of bicyclists under Florida Law please visit the Florida Bicycle Association at http://www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.html.
The Florida Bicycle Association also publishes a 56 page guide to Florida’s Bicycle Laws available in PDF format at: http://www.floridabicycle.org

 

 

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City Hall Annex
126 Harvey Street
Punta Gorda, FL. 33950
Tel. (941) 575-3372
Fax. (941) 575-3356
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