Bike/Ped

Transportation leaders: Pedestrian safety bills could have unintended consequences

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“Two companion bills in the House and Senate are making their way through the statehouse to keep you safe when you cross the street. Yet, some local transportation leaders worry the bills could have unintended consequences and could actually put all of us in more danger.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via …

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NJ: Why do pedestrians keep getting hit by trains? NJ Transit is trying to solve the mystery

“Seven pedestrians were hit by trains at rail crossings in the state in 2020 and three died, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration. Only five states had more pedestrians hit last year. Another eight people were hit in New Jersey while walking along the tracks — trespassers in industry parlance. Two of those people died.” See More . …

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Take a stroll along the first mile of the Underline in downtown Miami

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“Once fully complete, the Underline will span 10 miles and 120 acres from downtown to South Miami. The third and final phase isn’t expected to be completed until 2025 . . . Friends of the Underline, along with MIami-Dade County, has now secured more than $120 million of the overall construction costs.” See More . . . Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2021/03/02/phase-one-of-underline-debutes.html By: …

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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 nonprofit Walk Bike Tampa calls for zero-fatality transportation network

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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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