The road to St. Armands Circle will soon be more welcoming for walkers and cyclists, thanks to a City of Sarasota project that will bring a 10-foot path between the Ringling Bridge and St. Armands Key. 

The project — called the Coon Key MURT, or multi-use recreational trail — adds options for those visitors and residents who want to visit the Circle but might not want to drive.

It makes sense for a population of people who like to be active, especially in a place with such stunning beauty and weather. 

And that beauty will be enhanced by the project’s removal of invasive Australian pines. Contractors will leave native species and add other native trees such as sabal palmettos, southern red cedars, and Shady Lady black olive trees.

 Project managers expect the trail to open in about a year. 

So while you’re making a list of fitness goals for next year, consider adding a trek from the Ringling Bridge to St. Armands Circle. Think of the many ways you can reward yourself when you arrive at a shopping and dining destination on par with shopping meccas around the world.