Bay to Bay Blvd is an important street for South Tampa residents. It serves as one of the few connections to our beautiful Bayshore Blvd., is home to vibrant restaurants and small businesses, and is an important arterial for east-west traffic. Yet, school children risk crossing four lanes of high speed traffic, families struggle to navigate dangerous intersections, and accidents are more likely due to the four-lane configuration.
Earlier this year the City of Tampa proposed a new three-lane road design for Bay to Bay that would meet safer, modern, best practices for traffic engineering. As the idea spread, some residents assumed the design would increase traffic, which according to the traffic study and transportation engineers is not true (See: DKS Associates report, January 2017). The new design would, in fact, increase lane capacity and reduce wait time at intersections.
After some residents complained, the city scrapped the new, safer design. In doing so the city disregarded the recommendations presented by its own traffic engineers, ignored a 2012 City Resolution to construct complete streets where feasible, and perhaps most importantly, jeopardized the safety of our neighborhood. Complete street designs are shown to be 19-47% safer than the current four-lane configuration. The decision sets our city back. Streets are only repaved every 15-20 years.
Join us to walk on Bay to Bay Blvd as we invite the mayor, city council, families, business owners, and residents to walk in our neighborhood along Bay to Bay in a WALK for SAFER STREETS. The City must reconsider its decision.
We will meet at Palma Ceia Methodist Church at 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 29. The walk will begin at 5 as we try to navigate towards the Bayshore Blvd.
About complete street designs:
+ 19-47% safer than four lane configurations
+ Improve traffic flow and capacity
+ Reduce wait time at intersections
+ Increase foot traffic for local businesses
+ Provide safety for our children
+ Encourage walking and biking