Walk Bike & Livable Roadways Plans & Studies

Read and learn about Hillsborough County and its jurisdictions’ efforts to provide a safe high quality pedestrian and bicycle network providing mobility to everyone.

2025 Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan (2004) - Tampa’s reputation as a dangerous environment for pedestrians is based on cold facts: the county’s pedestrian fatality rate is three times the national average for comparably sized cities. These statistics represent a challenge to Hillsborough County to rectify these problems and create a safer and more balanced transportation system. The Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan is a...
46th and 131st Avenue Complete Streets Study (2015) - 131st Avenue and 46th Street / Skipper Road are major corridors in the vicinity of the University of South Florida (USF) in Hillsborough County. Both are currently two-lane roadways with relatively heavy pedestrian activity. 46th Street is identified in the Long Range Transportation Plan as a roadway needing to be widened to 4 lanes. Hillsborough County is studying both corridors for...
Bicycle Crash Analysis (2000) - The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) maintains a database of bicycle/motor vehicle crashes and was the source for the data analyzed in this report. This crash data includes only those reported crashes. Not included are crashes where there are no injuries or any damage to the motor vehicle. Also not included...
Bicycle Safety Action Plan (2011) - Winner of the 2012 Transportation Planning Excellence Award! The Tampa Bay Area is recognized as one of the most hazardous places in the country to bicycle with a total of 12 fatalities in just one year. Hillsborough County’s fatality rate is over twice the national average. In light of these facts and at the urging...
Bullard Parkway Complete Streets Study - The Bullard Parkway Complete Streets Study was completed by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the City of Temple Terrace and was approved by the MPO Board on August 1, 2017. Complete Streets is an approach to planning and design which prioritizes safe access, and comfortable and convenient travel. For this reason, the approach...
Busch Boulevard Accessibility Evaluation (2006) - The purpose of this study was to evaluate specific areas on Busch Boulevard where the accessibility of sidewalks, intersections and transit stops can be improved. To inform  transportation agencies and local governments of Americans  with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other access issues important  to citizens with disabilities. To provide an example of how to institute...
Busch Boulevard Mobility Management Plan (2000) - In November 1997, the Hillsborough County MPO, through the Congestion Management System (CMS), also known as the Mobility Management Process (MMP), completed an evaluation and identification of congested and constrained roadways. These are roadways that function at an unacceptable level of service and cannot be widened due to significant physical, economic, environmental, or social constraints....
City of Tampa Multimodal District Study (2007) - The City of Tampa and its community members have expressed interest in providing welcoming conditions for walking, bicycling, and transit. Meanwhile, changes to Florida Statute require the City of Tampa to implement proportionate a “fair share” ordinance, clearly demonstrating the financial feasibility of it’s Capital Improvement Element (CIE) and update it’s Transportation Concurrency Exception Areas...
Collins Street (SR 39) Complete Streets Study (2014) - SR 39 is currently a state-owned road that provides one of the few north-south movements through eastern Hillsborough and Pasco counties. In 1988, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the widening of SR 39 from I-4 to US 301. Early in the study process, it was...
Columbus Drive Redesign (2015) - The City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are studying Columbus Drive and 17th/18th/19th Avenue, currently a one-way pair through Ybor City and East Tampa, for their ability to meet the needs of users.  In identifying a recommended configuration of these corridors, the study will look specifically into returning...
Dale Mabry Pedestrian Overpass Feasibility Study (2017) - The Hillsborough County MPO is conducting a feasibility study of various alternatives that will connect the existing section of the I-275 trail which currently terminates at Church Avenue along the north side of I-275, across Dale Mabry Highway, to a proposed trail alignment along the south side of I-275 starting at Himes Avenue. The approximate study...
Defining Our Transportation Needs (2009) - We are faced with a substantial gap between probable funding and the cost of needed improvements.  Based on studies and your comments, and considering federal, state and local sources of revenue anticipated to be available over the next 25 years, we used ten performance factors to score more than 500 candidate projects and determine which...
Design Treatments Pedestrian Crossing & Bike Striping (2004) - The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) considers the safety of its citizens paramount. In response to these safety concerns and the need to provide more efficient use of existing roadway rights-of-way, the MPO strives to provide an environment that encourages balance between conventional (single occupant private vehicles and other transportation modes) and non-conventional (walking,...
George Road Walk/Bike Connector and Complete Street Study (2016) - The George Road Connector Study took place over a two year period from February 2013 to February 2015. The task of the study is to recommend a connecting trail or other walk/bike facility that would provide links to neighborhood assets in the Town N Country (TNC) community and close a gap between the regionally significant...
Green Artery Neighborhoods Community Gardens (2015) - The Green Artery Neighborhoods Community Garden Initiative’s purpose is to increase community gardens in Tampa and Hillsborough County and to start the planning for the Annual Garden walk on Earth Day 2016. This report includes work done in finding new garden sites, interviewing communities to gauge residential interest, identifying intermediate and mentor gardens, and starting...
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge - See Aetna Foundation’s short video featuring the Garden Steps project and a few other national finalists! Hillsborough MPO’s Garden Steps project is one of fifty finalists for the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, a two-year competition to “support communities in their collaborative efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray.” Garden...
Hillsborough Avenue Multimodal Safety Review - The Hillsborough Avenue Multimodal Safety Review is currently underway and is being conducted jointly by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and The Planning Commission in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Tampa. The purpose of the study is to diagnose the most significant causes of conflict along the corridor...
Hillsborough County Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts (2005) - Gathering bicycle and pedestrian counts is much more difficult than methods used to count cars. This information, also refereed to as “exposure data”, can assist in determining specific improvement to increase safety, targeting areas for education programs, and even referring to the data as proof of the existence of cyclist and pedestrians along our roadways....
Hillsborough County Comprehensive Bicycle Plan Update (2008) - The Hillsborough County MPO developed the first Comprehensive Bicycle Plan in 1978. Since then, new data has become available, new projects have been built, new laws and funding programs have been adopted, and land use and development patterns have evolved. For example, in 2005 new federal legislation known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient...
Hillsborough County Trails, Paths and Bicycle Guide - The health benefits of riding a bicycle for utilitarian or recreational purposes are encouraged with the information displayed on this map. Trails, Paths and Bicycle guide map
Tampa Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Master Plan Update (2016) - The Tampa‐Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Plan Update has two major objectives. The first objective is to update the County’s Greenways Master Plan by integrating the various recent pedestrian, bicycle, and multi‐use trail projects and planning efforts into the Plan. The second objective is to identify trail and facility connection opportunities to further improve the region’s...
Interactive Bicycle Suitability Map - Use: left-click, hold and drag to pan; mouse-wheel forward and backward to zoom in and out; or use the navigation controls in the lower-right corner of the map. Travel routes are color-coded based on the identified categories. A route may be considered less suitable for bicycling due to one or more of the following: high...
Transportation Level of Service Report - In coordination with the Hillsborough County Development Services Department, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization has developed the 2014 Level of Service Report.  The report includes highway level of service for regulated roads within Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County 2014 Level of Service Report (updated July 31, 2015) City of Tampa 2015 Level of Service Report (posted August...
morning fog slows traffic Livable Roadway Guidelines (2006) - This document is an update and consolidation of two documents: Livable Roadways: Proposals for Roadway Appearance and Function and Guidelines for Landscaping Hillsborough County Roadways. In the late 1980’s the Planning Commission included policies and guidelines for establishing and protecting a system of scenic corridors in the comprehensive plans for Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa. In response to...
Pedestrian & Bicycle High Crash Areas Strategic Plan For Unincorporated Hillsborough County Roads (2012) - The purpose of this task is to identify existing traffic safety concerns and provide recommendations which will be used as a tool in prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements which should be gradually implemented through available funding for key corridors within unincorporated Hillsborough County in order to achieve safer, more convenient, and comfortable travel for...
Pedestrian Crash Analysis (2003) - In the past, it often took a tragic accident before a community would make improvements for pedestrians such as building sidewalks, installing safe pedestrian crossings, using traffic calming treatments, and providing safe routes to school. But that is changing, because people want to live in healthy neighborhoods where they can walk, bicycle, and socialize and...
Penalosa : Plan for people first - On April 20, our Livable Roadways Committee in partnership with USF’s Live Move Student Group, featured international guest speaker Gil Penalosa, Chair of 8-80 Cities, World Urban Parks, and former Commissioner of Parks for the City of Bogata. His focus is on creating vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone with the design of parks...
Plant City Multimodal District Study (2007) - The members of the City of Plant City and its community have expressed interest in providing friendly conditions for walking, bicycling, and transit. Meanwhile changes in  Florida Statute have required the City of Plant City to implement a proportionate “fair share” ordinance and clearly demonstrate the financial feasibility of the Capital Improvement Element (CIE) within...
Walk | Bike Plant City (2017) - With a beautiful historic downtown, growing population, and newly developing areas; Plant City offers residents and visitors an abundance of activities.  The goal of this project is to develop a bicycle and pedestrian network that connects residents, businesses, and recreation areas with safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists.  The study considers the feasibility of trails,...
Selmon Greenway Feasibility Study (2010) - Traversing the southern and eastern portions of downtown Tampa, the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway provides a critical link between South Tampa, Brandon, and neighborhoods beyond. The Selmon Greenway is a proposed multi-use trail that will closely follow the expressway alignment to provide pedestrian and bicycle access throughout the downtown area. The Greenway will provide opportunities...
Tampa Bypass Canal Trail Feasibility Study (2013) - The proposed concept consists of a multi-use trail running along the west side of the Tampa Bypass Canal. The vision is to connect the Flatwoods Park in New Tampa through Wilderness and Trout Creek Parks and run south to the McKay Bay Trail, the Selmon Greenway and the South County Trail. This 17-mile multi-use trail...
USF Area Multimodal Study (2010) - The   Hillsborough   County   Metropolitan   Planning   Organization   (MPO)   and   the Hillsborough  County  Planning  and  Growth  Management  Department  worked  in partnership   with   stakeholders   and   local   residents   to   plan   for   a   Multimodal Transportation  District  (MMTD)  in  the  University  of  South  Florida  (USF)  area  of Hillsborough County.  The goals of this effort are to facilitate the use of multiple...
Vision Zero Action Plan - A Vision Zero policy establishes a goal of reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero, typically by a target date. Here in Hillsborough County, a “Vision Zero” goal resolution has been adopted by the Tampa City Council, Hillsborough County Commission, Temple Terrace City Council, Plant City Commission, and by the School Board of Hillsborough...
Walk/Bike Plan for the City of Tampa (2016) - In 2009, the City updated its Comprehensive Plan to encourage growth within the City’s three core “Business Centers” (Downtown, Westshore, and USF), along major transit corridors, and within designated “Mixed-Use Corridors and Villages.” In order to serve the mobility needs of existing and future residents and businesses, it is necessary to narrow down past transportation...
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