All posts tagged pedestrian safety

Safety concerns bringing much needed changes to University Area neighborhood

After several alarming fatal crashes in the University Area, the MPO and partner agencies focused on making improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. A significant improvement was the redesign of Fletcher Avenue to include several new pedestrian crossings. Now, the University Area District Community Development Corporation is working to get grant money and enlist…

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The bicyclists’ manifesto for an autonomous vehicle future

How to protect bicyclists once the cars start driving themselves. The advance of autonomous vehicle technology is raising questions about how driverless vehicles are going to interact with the surrounding environment. For example, how will the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians be addressed? Policy goals won’t be enough to protect bicyclists once the cars start…

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Database update important link to Bike/Pedestrian Safety

With the Tampa Bay region recognized as one of the most deadly areas for pedestrians and cyclists, the Hillsborough MPO is taking steps to change that. One such project underway is updating the pedestrian and bicycle database. The database is an inventory of currently existing infrastructure that caters to pedestrians and cyclists. For instance, it…

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WalkWise Tampa Bay provides innovative safety presentations

WalkWise Tampa Bay is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to citizens. Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone. We are all pedestrians at some point during our day. The WalkWise campaign provides a free interactive 30-minute presentation with time for discussion to anyone living or working in select Florida counties….

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A vision of zero deaths on roads

In the last three months, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County School Board and the County Commission passed resolutions endorsing Vision Zero. The Vision Zero movement began in Sweden, which was able to reduce traffic deaths by 34% over twelve years, and the idea has since been adopted by many U.S. cities. On January 26,…

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Fletcher Ave almost complete!

The Fletcher Avenue complete street project is almost finished after just over a year of work. Hillsborough County’s Public Works Department has been improving the 3.1 mile Fletcher Avenue corridor from Nebraska Ave to Bruce B Downs Blvd. The project included milling and resurfacing, drainage, signalization, utility adjustments, and landscaping. Bicycle lanes have been marked…

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County focuses on crash-prone roads

Two years ago, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and MPO approved a strategic plan for fixing unincorporated Hillsborough County’s worst areas for bike and pedestrian safety. The Board of County Commissioners budgeted money and now the County’s Infrastructure & Development Services Department is moving ahead with top safety projects: Next on the drawing board are safety…

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Cyclists Hold 4th Annual Ride of Silence

By Mitch Perry, courtesy of Creative Loafing Photo Courtesy of Jose Menendez Article posted on May 22, 2014 On Wednesday night (May 21st) in Tampa, approximately 65 bicyclists met up at Curtis Hixon Park, joining cyclists around the world in observing the annual Ride to Silence. The ride honors bicyclists who’ve been killed or injured…

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WalkWise Tampa Bay spreads word about ped safety

WalkWise Tampa Bay is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to the citizens of Tampa Bay. Pedestrian safety affects everyone. We are all pedestrians at some point during our day, whether walking through a parking lot after shopping, walking from home or work to a vehicle, walking for exercise or simply walking…

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