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Tampa adds protected bike lanes, expanded parking to improve dangerous roads

New protected green lanes with white barriers on the road
Photo via City of Tampa

The City of Tampa is moving forward with new bike safety measures leading into historic Ybor City. These new safety features include protected green lanes, and expanded parking options in one of Tampa’s most high-injury networks. This innovative project includes a redesign of Avenida Republica de Cuba (14th St) from Columbus Drive to Lake Avenue in the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood, making the roadway safer for pedestrians and bicyclists in a growing commercial and residential area of Tampa.

Tampa has pinned this down as a quick build project. Materials for the project include signs, paint, and pavement markings. This allows the project to proceed efficiently and affordably. As part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, construction will include adding new on-street parking to get folks off the road faster, in addition to a fully protected bike lane for cyclists.

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The primary purpose of these projects is to provide lower-cost, quick implementation projects that are flexible and designed to be easily changed. Projects with lower-cost semi-permanent materials that have a shorter lifespan, and are quickly executed.

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