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Tampa, once dubbed dangerous for bicycling, now one of ’50 Best’ in U.S.


“Tampa now has about 155 miles of bike lanes and trails, most of which were constructed since 2010, said Jean Duncan, director of Tampa’s Transportation and Stormwater Services Department. The completion of the Riverwalk last year also provided a scenic route for bicyclists to traverse downtown.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/tampa-once-dubbed-dangerous-for-bicycling-now-one-of-50-best-in-us/2307459#By: CHRISTOPHER O’DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Statewide system of biking, walking trails topic of Tampa meeting


“Last year, Gov. Rick Scott allocated $25 million for the project every year for the next five years. The first $25 million came July 1, but none of the money, which comes from new vehicle registration charges, has been spent yet, said Huiwei Shen, manager of FDOT’s systems planning office. The money, which can roll over every year, can only …

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New Report: The Impacts of Highway Congestion

Congestion Near Sunny Isles (Miami)

Mid-size metropolitan areas like Austin and Tampa have joined the Top-50 list of the country’s worst “bottlenecks” during the last 10 years. According to AASHTO, the solution involves a multi-modal approach that includes mass transit, pedestrian and bicycle trails, commuter rail, water ways and greater highway capacity. (See news update below)

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New nonprofit Walk Bike Tampa calls for zero-fatality transportation network

Biker on Road

“Supporters said a Vision Zero approach to a road like Busch Boulevard, which is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Transportation, could include steps like lowering the speed limit, adding high-visibility crosswalks (a possibility being reviewed by the FDOT), adding medians and banning left turns to and from N Boulevard.” See More . . . Source: http://home.tampabay.com/news/transportation/new-nonprofit-walk-bike-tampa-calls-for-zero-fatality-transportation/2251841By: RICHARD …

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Beach towns’ Gulf Boulevard a risky trip for pedestrians

Pedestrian Crossing @ MidBlock

“A national study published in 2014 listed Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater as the second most dangerous metro area for pedestrians in the country. When seasonal residents make their annual pilgrimage, the population doubles in certain areas and Gulf Boulevard bursts at the seams with traffic on weekends.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/gulf-boulevard-a-risky-trip-for-pedestrians/2250842By: Les Neuhaus, Times Correspondent

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Local group pushes to make Tampa streets safer and penalties for drivers tougher

Ped Sign

“The group is also pushing for tougher penalties for drivers, even though in most pedestrian crashes, it’s typically the pedestrian who is found at fault for walking into traffic . . . . While FDOT took measures to improve Hillsborough Avenue leaders say they’ll also be studying Busch boulevard in the near future to see if more crosswalks are needed.” …

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Florida’s bike death rate highest in nation

On Road Bicyclist - Tampa Bay

“The state developed a plan for tackling the issue in the 2013 Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan, a 45-page report issued in 2013 by the Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida through its Center for Urban Transportation Research.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/floridas-bike-death-rate-highest-in-nation-20150829/By: EMERSON BRITO – Tribune staff

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Tampa’s Coast Bike Share to cut monthly prices, raise them for daily rides

Bikeshare Bikes

“To serve local riders, Coast recently installed a hub on Harbour Island and plans to put more of its 300 bikes in Hyde Park and the SoHo restaurant and bar strip along S Howard Avenue. That means shifting some out of Ybor City, where the walkability of the historic district seems to reduce the demand for the bikes.” See More …

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New Hiking Trail Opened in Rio’s Pavão-Pavãozinho Community

Rio de Janeiro

“The trail was restored with the help of PAC Social investments and can be visited with local guides through the Museu de Favela (Favela Museum) located on the Morro do Cantagalo hill. The museum already offers several tours through the communities, such as for example the Casas Telas tour showing local art and murals.” See More . . . Source: …

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40 years in the making, new section of Tampa’s Riverwalk set to open

Hillsborough River at Night (Tampa)

“The new over-the-water promenade goes north from MacDill Park under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. For shade, it has several large fabric awnings stretched over rows of whale-ribbed frames. It’s also been designed for underwater lights with motion sensors that change colors as people pass by.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/40-years-in-the-making-new-section-of-tampas-riverwalk-opens-today/2223073By: RICHARD DANIELSON, TIMES …

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