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Old 03-03-14, 12:40 PM
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St Petersburg Pinellas questions

My wife and I are staying on the Southern tip of Treasure Island next week and will probably bike into the downtown bay area of St. Petes. I am not familiar with the neighborhoods on the way over but have read that south of Central is rough. Would I be better riding on Central itself (which Google shows as a bike route) or on the Pinellas Trail that runs a bit south of Central? Also, how is Pinellas north of there going toward Clearwater? I read a few years ago about some robberies on Pinellas - still a problem or overstated? We are used to riding in urban locations but are not reckless.
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I would start somewhere in the northern part of St. Petersburg. They are still having problems on the trail but SPPD has beefed up patrols in the area. Your most dangerous area along the trail, traffic wise, is through Clearwater, since it goes through downtown. Largo may also be pretty heavy on traffic. In my opinion, the best part of the route is between Dunedin north to Tarpon Springs.
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Originally Posted by John_V View Post
In my opinion, the best part of the route is between Dunedin north to Tarpon Springs.
I agree with John_V 100% this is indeed the nicest part of the trail. Plus while in Dunedin enjoy some great dinning. If you have time take the side trip onto Honeymoon Island and the state park. Park at the trail head, lock up the bikes and take a hike

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The first pic is of the trail heading to Honeymoon Island State Park. The second is of part of the Pinellas trail in downtown Clearwater. The third is near a park past Dunedin and the final shot is leaving Honeymoon Island State Park. It's a great trip. With all the bridges on the Pinellas you can get a work out not found on many rail trails in FLAT Florida.
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Oh! If you've never been to Tarpon Springs, you can ride up to the sponge docks and have some really good and very authentic Greek food. There are lots of shops to visit (it's a tourist town) and you can take some sponge boat and dolphin tours. You'll just need to lock your bikes up real secure.
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You can also continue on past Tarpon Springs all the way to the Southeast part of Lake Tarpon at John Chestnut park. A very nice ride on the Trail with less congestion than you will see going from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs.
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Thanks for the responses so far. I know the northern end of the trail and hope to ride up to Tarpon Springs if we get a chance. We did that on a previous trip. But I am staying way down south this year and am curious whether it would be reasonable to ride across St Pete on Central or the southern part of the trail to the downtown bay area. I was hoping someone was familiar with that area.
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My wife and I ride from St Petersburg to Treasure Island often. I am hearing about more problems but security has been stepped up. Please do not be on the trail after dark. Be careful on Central Ave too, but I do think it would be less likely to be mugged but more likely to be hit by a car. Be careful and be aware, just like anywhere else.
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FWIW, once you get over the T.I. causeway Central ave./107 ave. there is no bike lane. You will have to go one block south to 1st. ave. south (one-way eastbound with bike lane)
return to T.I. on 1st. ave. north (one-way westbound w/bike lane).

There have been "incidents/assaults along the trail over the years from St. Pete up to Tarpon, usually few and far between, however there has been some of that activity recently
which you're referring to , SPPD made an arrest last week in one case, a fifty year old man no less. That's why I never leave home without a little something in my pocket. All in all
you should be O.K. if you stick to the road in St. Pete.

If you depart T.I. and go south to the Pinellas Bayway go east and follow the signs to Ft. Desoto Park is always a nice ride along Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.
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Just a followup. We rode downtown to lunch and back using the 1st St bike lanes off Central. Very nice route across town. We also rode the Pinellas Trail north to Clearwater - also nice. No Tarpon Springs this year.

Thanks for the suggestions
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Originally Posted by donheff View Post
Just a followup. We rode downtown to lunch and back using the 1st St bike lanes off Central. Very nice route across town. We also rode the Pinellas Trail north to Clearwater - also nice. No Tarpon Springs this year.

Thanks for the suggestions
Well, you'll just have to come back down here next year and do the Tarpon Springs trip.
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Originally Posted by John_V View Post
Well, you'll just have to come back down here next year and do the Tarpon Springs trip.

+1 The Clearwater Tarpon Springs part is the BEST part of the trail.
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