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Updated: 12/17/2013 01:39:01PM

Board approves regional bike, pedestrian plan

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SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization unanimously approved a bicycle, pedestrian and trails master plan on Monday that should help improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians in the two-county area.

“This is a big region with two counties, so you can see the value of a comprehensive plan like this analyzing the system,” said Ned Baier of Jacobs Engineering, a consulting firm hired two years ago by the MPO to prepare the report for the area, which consists of approximately 1,322 square miles and 800,000 acres.

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