The City of Tampa continues to work toward Vision 0, an initiative aimed at making roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Vision 0’s latest stride includes adding nearly 5 miles of new bike paths in Davis Islands. City of Tampa officials just announced that Phase 1 + 2 of the mobility improvement plan in the neighborhood are officially complete.
Other improvements include lowering speed limits, flashing signals at crosswalks in addition to raised crosswalks, and new 4-way stops. These improvements are set to take place in neighborhoods across the city of Tampa.
City of Tampa unveils Vision 0 action plan
On average, 44 people die and another 289 suffer life-altering injuries on roads in Tampa each year, according to an evaluation of FDOT crash data. The City of Tampa is committed to ending this cycle. Officials just recently revealed the latest Vision 0 action plan.
The Vision Zero Action Plan was developed through a data-driven, collaborative approach that included understanding the community’s concerns and priorities, evaluating crash data, identifying trends and strategizing with the Vision Zero Task Force.
The Plan contains strategies with measurable action items focused on the next five years that will be continuously tracked, evaluated and updated.
Adding high visibility crosswalks and lowering speed limits
“Transportation and road safety has been a top priority for my administration as we continue Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “The Vision Zero Action plan is just another step in the right direction. I know that together, we can create safer streets for all and create a lasting impact for decades to come.”
One project that highlights efforts in the Vision Zero Action Plan is at Columbus Drive and 13th Street, the location of several recent road safety improvements including:
- Shared lane-pavement markings for bicyclists
- High-visibility crosswalks with flashing beacons
- Additional street parking
- Additional landscaping and tree wells for storm water drains
Making the city of Tampa bike-friendly
Crews are finished these improvements at the end of March 2022.
“Projects like this one along Columbus Drive show what is possible in terms of making conditions safer for all road users,” said Alana Brasier, the City of Tampa’s Vision Zero Coordinator. “We all deserve to be able to move around our communities safely, and prioritizing changes like these can help us meet the measurable goals in our Vision Zero Action Plan.”