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New GPS Tracking System Boosts Safety Along Suncoast Trail

HERNANDO – If you enjoy running, biking, or just strolling along the Suncoast Trail, an advisory group has implemented a new GPS tracking system to help boost safety for those utilizing the trail.

According to officials, a series of decals that feature GPS coordinates, were recently placed along a 20-mile stretch of the trail through Hernando County.

The decals are designed to assist first responders in locating those who need assistance while traveling along the trail.

The reflective decals were made possible by members of the Suncoast Trail Advisory Group (STAG) who first came up with the idea and then Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise who helped fund the project.

The decals, which feature GPS coordinates, have also been placed along trails in Hillsborough and Pasco counties in addition to a host of other trails nationwide.

Members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Emergency Response Team, also known as CERT, helped the county install the decals.

The decal program is viewed as a great safety tool to help first responders locate users of the trail who require assistance.

The decals are also used as a maintenance tool that allows for easy tracking of maintenance issues since the decals are placed every 200 feet along the trail.

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  • There were several police officers along the route in Pasco segment last Thursday evening. Anyone have any idea why?

    Friday, 6 November 2015, 1:08 pm
  • Great idea good story Tom will bring more cycles like my brother who spends alot of money here.

    Thursday, 5 November 2015, 1:38 pm
  • They should (Sheriff) tattoo the scum bags that live around here so they can trac them! Put that big yellow decal on their fn foreheads!

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 9:43 pm
  • I think if they use the trail they should have to pay for parking

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 8:39 pm
    • There are pay stations at the US98 trailhead, SR50 trailhead, and Anderson Snow Park trailhead, others who frequently use the trail can obtain a Bike Trail parking pass from the county for $40/year. They are on the honor system for the most part, but I have my $40 pass. I have no problem paying to support something I use regularly.

      Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 9:42 pm
  • Very good idea,glad they are doing that, Tom do you know why bayou drive is closed??just wondering as it is such a nice slow ride thru there looks like you are miles away from the chaos on the roads. Thanks

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 8:08 pm
  • Either way a good tool to expedite your emergency response

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 6:58 pm
  • Because the hernando side of the trail is unkept, and the fences are overgrown with weeds.

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 6:19 pm
  • Now all we got to do is get those damn bike people to use the trails they begged for. Because I can’t stand them using Powell Spring Lake highway and fort Dade. Get on the freaking trail for God sake. It your hobby not a commute you have to do.

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 5:45 pm
    • Well Mrs. Taylor, I am sorry you feel that way, but as one of those “damn bike people” I can assure you that we do use the trails on a regular basis but also like to take our “Road Bikes” out on the open road. We are not out there to cause traffic issues, we are out riding on public roads that for the most part are designated bike routes as well, there are signs noting that on roads such as Powell and Spring Lake Hwy. There are many scenic roads throughout the county and it proves to be an enjoyable hobby both on and off the trail. I cannot speak for every cyclist but those who I ride with always obey traffic laws for cyclists riding single file, as close to the shoulder as possible when no bike lane, etc. All that we ask for the lawful distance of at least 3 ft. between us and you as you pass.

      Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 9:38 pm
    • Mrs. Taylor, I am also one of those “damned bike people”. More and more people are cycling, some for economic reasons, some for pleasure. Dedicated bike/walking trails do not go everywhere that people need to go, and we must share the roads. It would help if more of our roads had paved shoulders, but what we have is what we have.

      Thursday, 5 November 2015, 6:35 am
    • I fully expect to see Mrs. Taylor to be in a future news story about a road rage incident.

      Friday, 6 November 2015, 1:27 pm
  • They are not to be “rip of the fence”, by some…….

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 5:02 pm
  • They put them on the pavement? II wonder why they did not place them on the fence.

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 3:56 pm
  • Awesome idea! 🙂

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 3:39 pm
  • You go big brother.

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 3:35 pm

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