Tampa has one of the worst safety records in the United States for pedestrians and bicyclists. Nationally, the percentage of vulnerable users – pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders – among traffic fatalities is 35%. In Florida Department of Transportation’s District 7, where Tampa is located, that figure is 55%.
The national average for traffic deaths per 100,000 residents is 10.1 a year. In Hillsborough County, that figure is 12.7. This means an extra 33 people die in Hillsborough County each year.
Hillsborough County averages a pedestrian injury crash each day.
Tampa General Hospital treats at least one person each week who was involved in a crash on Bayshore Blvd. alone.
Nationally, people over 65 years of age make up 13% of the population but 20% of pedestrians deaths.
Current studies show that only half of the children in the U.S. play outside on a regular basis. At the same time, obesity rates among children are at an alarming high.
The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans has warned retirees to avoid Florida because of the traffic fatality rates.
National companies cite Tampa’s traffic problems as a disincentive for setting up offices here.