A Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is currently in the process of being developed for Plant City. The Hillsborough MPO is working to provide safe walking and bicycling routes that connect residents with local businesses and create links between recreation areas. On Thursday, February 2, an open-house format community meeting was held at the Bruton Memorial Library to receive input from the public about how to proceed in making Plant City walkable and bikeable. The project team shared their initial analysis at the open house where more than 30 community members provided input. “There was really positive feedback on the consultant team’s initial shot at a proposed network,” said Wade Reynolds, Community Planner on the Plan Hillsborough Transportation Team.
Plant City’s beautiful, historic downtown has sparked population growth and development in the area, offering residents a variety of opportunities for work and play. A strong sense of community camaraderie has also been fostered by residents, evident in their enthusiastic participation in the planning process. “Open house attendees shared their ideas for preferred routes and needed connections, ranked potential bike/walk travel destinations, and offered thoughts on what Plant City means to them as a community,” said Reynolds.
Residents’ safety priorities included separated trails for biking and walking, added crosswalks, and improved lighting for activities that take place at night. The Walk | Bike Plant City final report will include a phasing and implementation plan, a starter project, and recommendations for securing funding. Overall, the report is a blueprint for a comprehensive walking and bicycling network that allows everyone in Plant City to access non-motorized travel safely and easily.
Additionally, the city is planning a ride with Mayor Rick Lott, Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 pm at Gilchrist park. See our Calendar for more details.
Contact Wade Reynolds, 813/273-3774 x361, to get involved.