Mayor Jane Castor adding protected bike lanes in Tampa

Photo of protected bike lanes

We love to explore the city of Tampa by walking, biking, and/or electric scootering. While it’s nice to take in the sights of the city, it can also prove a bit hazardous. As more folks flock to downtown Tampa, the need for more effective pedestrian/cyclist options is becoming apparent. Mayor Jane Castor is taking the first steps in making our city more bike-friendly with the addition of protected lanes.

Barriers arriving in Tampa to protect cyclists

The first tall white poles are being installed on Azeele Street near the SoHo Publix, and most recently on Bayshore Blvd. This location was chosen to discourage drivers from parking in the bike lane.

Other locations that are currently being studied for protected bike lanes with flexible delineators include:

  • Cass Street/Green Spine (North Hyde Park)
  • Floribraska Avenue (Tampa Heights and V.M. Ybor)
  • Florida Ave., Tampa St., and Brorein St. (Downtown)
  • Beneficial Drive Bridge (Harbour Island)

Mayor Jane Castor sets out to protect pedestrians

“As a police officer, I saw firsthand a family’s devastation when I had to tell them their loved one passed away due to a distracted driver and that’s why, as part of our Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow initiative, we made a commitment to Vision Zero,” said Mayor Jane Castor.

“Tampa’s residents and our visitors demand and deserve safe pedestrian, bike, multimodal lanes and sidewalks and our team is hard at work delivering just that.”

Jeff Speck helping design Water Street

Renowned Urban Planner and author of Walkable Cities, Jeff Speck, is helping to design Water Street Tampa so that it is pedestrian and bike friendly.

Where would you like to see protected bike lanes in Tampa? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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