THEA Cares: Pedestrian Safety
A good city design has many transportation modalities to choose from that help people get safely to their destinations. Options to walk, bike, drive, ride, and share should all be part of the plan without having to compromise safety or an abundance of time. When we design our parkways, we are looking at the overall planning of the community and where we can integrate plans that are best for overall connectivity.
Meridian Avenue was designed with pedestrians in mind. We knew that as Tampa continued to experience growth, that this would be an important route for not just driving, but also walking, bike riding, and possibly other transit options. Our Selmon Greenway runs along the roadway to connect Ybor City and the Channelside District to the rest of downtown.
We designed the sidewalks to be 15 feet wide to accommodate bike and pedestrian traffic. There are pedestrian refuges in the median and have the entire path is lit for safety and evening travel. There are six signalized crosswalks in a .8 mile corridor giving pedestrians a safe way to cross Meridian Avenue. With the design, we want to ensure as few pedestrian crashes as possible and a nice green spine that makes downtown even more enjoyable for work or play.
When we were designing the Brandon Parkway, we knew that walkability would increase the enjoyment of this area for the dense resident population. Our design for the Brandon Parkway made pedestrian safety a priority. We signalized the crosswalk and made the sidewalks 15 feet wide. Foot traffic is steady and the road is lined with greenery for an after-work stroll.
The Selmon Greenway is an urban trail that was designed to connect Ybor, Channelside, and the Riverwalk. By removing pedestrians from areas that could conflict with cars and giving pedestrians options along the trail for stopping to rest, we have designed a trail that is safe for commuting and enjoying the outdoors.
Saving lives is always prioritized in the design of our ramps. Our traffic engineers have eliminated crosswalks and designed future facilities to reduce pedestrian conflicts. Tampa is a growing city and we need a variety of safe transportation options.
Our planners and engineers understand that working for your local tolling agency means that we are contributing revenues back into the community and making our town an ideal place to live.