A Frisbee flew through the air over 56th Street on Sunday afternoon, as music pumped from the parking lot at the First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace.
Rather than being full of motorized traffic, 56th was closed from Whiteway Drive to Busch Boulevard for five hours Sunday for the municipality’s first Cyclovia event, meant to inspire people and families to engage in physical activity.
Coping with the constant flow of traffic on major roadways has become a way of life for people traveling in and around Hillsborough County.
The often nerve-frazzling issue, however, will not be a concern to residents living near one of Temple Terrace’s most heavily trafficked thoroughfares.
Participants got to explore the new site through Jane’s Walk, a guided tour. The 15-foot-wide trail spans 1.7 miles next to the Selmon Expressway. The shaded Greenway connects Ybor City and the Riverwalk. Runners or riders can also hop on the city-wide trails network of Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park Trail and the McKay Bay Trail.
Jason Jackman, a research associate with USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, will be talking about WalkWise Tampa Bay, a grassroots initiative focused on providing pedestrian safety education to Florida citizens.