Local Radio Talk Show Host Partners with City to Educate Residents on Roundabouts
WHO: City of Tampa Transportation Director Jean Duncan, Tampa Police Traffic Squad and “What’s Really Happening” Host Michelle B. Patty along with co-hosts King Cobra and J. Johnson
WHAT: Tampa Police officers will provide an interactive demonstration to teach proper crosswalk usage at roundabouts
WHERE: Intersection of 40th Street and Yukon Street
WHEN: Saturday, September 28—9 a.m.—10 a.m. Jean Duncan appears on WTMP 1150AM to discuss existing and planned roundabout projects | 10 a.m.—11 a.m. Tampa Police provide roundabout safety education
The City of Tampa is teaming up with “What’s Really Happening” talk show host Michelle B. Patty and her co-hosts, King Cobra and J. Johnson, to host a two-segment outreach initiative on roundabouts. Transportation Director Jean Duncan is scheduled to appear on the popular call-in radio show to explain how roundabouts work, why they are needed and to address community concerns. This episode airs live on September 28 at 9 a.m. on WTMP 1150AM and 97.5 FM.
During the one-hour segment, Michelle B. Patty will encourage community members, to participate in the second part of the outreach initiative which involves an interactive safety demonstration with the Tampa Police Department. Residents will be able to meet with officers at the 40th Street and Yukon Street roundabout from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to learn how to properly navigate through these circular intersections.
The city plans to install three new roundabouts to improve roadway safety along 34th Street. Statistics show a significant number of crashes in the two-mile segment from Columbus Drive to Hillsborough Avenue with more than a dozen resulting in severe or fatal injury. In addition to traffic calming, the safety improvement project includes enhanced street lighting, ADA accessible sidewalks, roadway paving and aesthetic landscaping. The construction is slated to begin in 2020.
Roundabouts are part of a growing trend in transportation safety throughout the country. There are currently more than 25 roundabouts and traffic circles within the city’s limits.