Summary: This is a proposal to adjust traffic on four routes on rotating Sundays so that vulnerable users, pedestrians and bicyclists, Tampa residents and visitors, dog owners and parents with strollers can enjoy Tampa’s streets without fear of death or injury. This is a celebration of health, equity, and vision.
Background: Tampa has no Central Park or Pinellas Trail. Tampa has alarmingly high rates of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. Tampa’s infrastructure is woefully inadequate in terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Tampa’s public transit compares badly with cities of comparable size. While blessed with glorious weather for at least half the year, Tampa residents rely on cars to go even short distances. Our most beautiful park is inaccessible to all but the fast and fit.
We believe that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, it will be great for all people. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people by bringing citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.
Open Streets: The goal of Open Streets is to improve the quality of life for people by bringing citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. In Tampa, we propose a pilot program along the following routes:
We propose that one or two pilot Open Streets piggyback on already scheduled road closures.
Long-Term Vision: Ultimately, Tampa would see a rise in the number of residents using alternative transportation to get to schools, work, parks, shops, libraries, and cafes and a corresponding decrease in obesity and heart disease. For this to happen, Tampa would need regular and frequent Open Streets.
In the short-term, vulnerable users of Tampa streets – bicyclists, pedestrians, the young, the old, and those with mobility problems -- would be able to access and enjoy the roads that are normally dedicated only to those in cars.