New bike lanes coming to downtown Tampa

By Fallon Silcox, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9:43 AM EST

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding a public workshop to discuss a new bikeway through downtown Tampa.

  • Additional bike lanes coming to downtown Tampa
  • Proposed lanes would go from Jackson St. to Ashley Dr., to Nebraska

The proposed bike lanes would be on the north side of Jackson Street, running from Ashley Drive to Nebraska Avenue.

The addition would look a lot like the new lanes already on Cass Street.

“It's something we can definitely utilize,” said Hillsborough resident Carlos Vidal. “With the tremendous growth in the area, that would be a good idea.”

In the early phases, locals will see protected bike lanes on Cass Street, or ‘the green spine,’ complete with bike signals. The addition will give cyclists a safe place to ride.

As the project moves forward, Florida’s Department of Transportation would like to expand the lanes through the heart of downtown. According to leaders, Jackson Street is a natural connection because there’s less traffic than on Kennedy Boulevard.

Jackson also provides a straight-shot through the downtown Tampa.

Officials note that it’s possible on current on-street parking configurations could change.

Bay News 9 has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation on its “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign. The idea is to make sure we’re all sharing the road with people who walk or ride their bikes, and everyone makes it where they need to be safely. FDOT has all kinds of resources for you on alerttodayflorida.com.