New Protected Cycle Track Coming to Downtown Tampa

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New Protected Cycle Track Coming to Downtown Tampa

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be building the first-ever cycle track on a state roadway this year in Downtown Tampa. The cycle track, which will run along the north side of Jackson Street (State Road 60) from Ashley Drive to Nebraska Avenue, is considered to be a type of “urban shared-use path,” and provides designated space on the roadway for bicycles traveling in both directions.

The cycle track will be ten feet wide and, unlike most conventional bike lanes, will physically separate bikes from motor vehicle traffic with a 4-foot raised island. At locations where driveways and side streets intersect with the bicycle pathway, special bright green pavement markings will alert drivers and cyclists to look out for each other.

In addition to constructing the new bicycle way, the state will also be upgrading pedestrian ramps, re-striping crosswalks, expanding sidewalk space at intersections, adding rapid flashing beacons at select locations and installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Jackson St. and Governor St. (near the Hillsborough County School Board). The improvements will be built as part of a larger project to resurface the roadway. Construction will begin this fall and should be completed within one year.

“District Seven is the first District in the state to introduce this type of protected bicycle facility on the state system” says Stephen Benson, Government Liaison for the District Seven FDOT Office in Tampa. “This is an exciting project that demonstrates the Department’s commitment to rethinking typical roadway design to improve safety and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians.”

 

For more information about the project, contact FDOT Project Manager Tana Johnston-Schultz at tana.schultz@dot.state.fl.us or (813)975-6266.

6 Comments

  1. RICHARD CANARY says:

    I don’t see why people need to do recreation in the streets or why politicians should obligate the public to put up with them while they are doing it or pay for expensive raod changes to make room for them.

    Streets are not playgrounds.

    • B says:

      Bikes are transportation. Walking is transportation. Sometimes for work, sometimes to get groceries, sometimes for leisure. Just like driving. MOST driving is for leisure, in fact.

    • Grace says:

      Bikes are transportation vehicles as well as being used for recreation and health. Not everyone has a car to get where they need to go.

    • Lulz from Lutz says:

      Dear Richard,

      You’re absolutely right! While all these people are recreating on their way to work, good people like us are saddled with all the burden of taking up as much roadway as we possibly can. SAD! These so-called taxpaying bikers only utilize 2 feet of roadway when they could be using so much more! These leaches of society don’t even contribute to the economy as they don’t buy and burn gasoline. If people like these who don’t start carrying their own weight – NO FEDERAL FUNDS? #MakeTampaCongestedAgain

    • Ead says:

      People can ride there bikes to work . It’s not just for tourist or kids. Thinks outside the box will yuh.

  2. Taylor Ward says:

    I don’t understand why taxpayers need to offset the externalized costs of driving a car. If everyone rode bikes, the burden on society would be much less. Also the phrase “do recreation”! is hilarious. People use their bikes for transportation. The fact that bike riders are not contributing to oil consumption, air pollution, or increased car traffic is a bonus. People who have a problem with that are the problem.

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