Cyclists Ready to Roll on Tampa’s First Separated, Green Bike Lane - Motorists urged to use caution while driving with new design
The City of Tampa is currently constructing its first separated, green bike lane along Platt Street in South Tampa, which is on schedule to be complete by Friday, March 27, 2015. The design is the first of its kind in Tampa, and motorists are encouraged to use caution while becoming familiar with the new design.
The new bike lane runs from Armenia Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard, and is separated from vehicle travel lanes. In addition, as the bike lane approaches major intersections, it will be painted green, which will help prevent accidents between drivers turning right and cyclists going straight. To view a rendering of the street redesign, please visit tampagov.net/PAO.
“The new buffered, green bike lane is the first of its kind in Tampa although we will be adding a similar design along nearby Cleveland Street soon. My hope is that the new cycling infrastructure can become a model for how we redesign our streets,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Our streets and roadways need to serve all their users, including cyclists and pedestrians.”
The new bike infrastructure on Platt is part of an overall traffic calming project, which includes the addition of on street parking, roadway resurfacing, and a reduced speed. The renovation of Platt Street cost $1.4 million and was completed by Asphalt Paving Systems Inc.
Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the area as they get accustomed to the new design, which is in place. Motorists should not use the separated area and bike lane as a third travel lane.
Cleveland Street, north of Platt Street, is undergoing a similar renovation with the addition of similar cycling infrastructure, new street lighting, and on street parking. In addition, the City of Tampa is also repairing existing utilities and drainage along Cleveland Street.