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Getting Around Downtown

 

Connecting Places and People

As part of the City of Sarasota’s Strategic Initiatives, the city’s objective is to expand the range of transportation options to support transit-orient development and a robust multi-modal network.  This network would accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, ride-share and on-demand service and facilities, public transport and water transportation.  The Parking Division is currently working on several fronts to advance this initiative and offer a new level of connectivity for the community.   Making it easier for visitors to find parking, and then ride or walk to their favorite places makes visiting in Sarasota easy and smart. 

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  • The City is launching a “free” ride service, called i-Ride, to connect people with places in downtown.  Beginning March 28, i-Ride, by Gotcha, an eco-friendly connector of six passenger electric vehicles will begin operations by piloting a test program over the next two years.  Services will be free to riders and offer point to point transportation within certain boundaries of the downtown area (see map below).  Hours may vary but are initally scheduled 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. daily.  On Saturdays, service will begin at 7:30 a.m. to aid with rides around downtown and the Downtown Farmer's Market.

 

  • How to Ride
  • It's so easy to park, ride or walk in downtown Saraosta.  We recommend driving to one of the City's convenient parking facilities and then contacting i-Ride for faster connection to your favorite store, restaurant and place to go. i-Ride vehicles can be hailed on the street or in a parking garage, or by calling 941-444-2585.   Soon to arrive - a convient app that will bring the driver to pick you up. Rides are free, but drivers earn tips for their service.  
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i-Ride service boundaries below:

 

 

Taxis, Transportation Network Operators (Uber/Lyft), and other providers

With the advent of the latest technologies for transportation, the lifted the restricted ordinances on taxis and transportation network companies.  This new approach made it easier for such companies to provide services throughout the region while they serve the City of Sarasota.  Since the City no longer regulates these services we caution riders from accepting service from drivers that appear to be less than reputable or substantiated businesses. 

 

Bike Share

The city is exploring bike share programs that will improve mobility options around town.  As more news develops, we hope to bring exciting news about how to locate parking, biking, and the bring the best ideas in biking to our beautiful community. 

Car Share

The city is identifying locations that would be most successful using a shared vehicle concept, like those available for hourly rental.  Your feedback on this type of service and its benefit to our community would be very well received.  Stay tuned for more information about this valuable option in community accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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