Pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, bike lanes set for four Tampa streets
Plans are in place for four streets near downtown Tampa to get makeovers that will make them more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that new sidewalks, bike lanes or shared-use pathways will be installed at Palm Avenue, Willow Avenue, Bougainvillea Avenue and Cypress Street. The projects, which are in the design phase, are estimated to cost $400,000. The city says those costs will be reimbursed by the Florida Department of Transportation. “Projects like this are part of our strategy to make Tampa more pedestrian and cyclist friendly,” Buckhorn said in a news release. “These improvements will make these streets safer for everyone, and provide both residents and visitors more options to get around.“This is just the beginning of how we will reshape our center city.” Two weeks ago, Buckhorn announced new bike lanes will be installed along parts of Doyle Carlton Drive, Palm Avenue, and Laurel Street, as well as additional downtown on-street parking spaces. Construction on these projects is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2013, according to the release.