TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa City Council has postponed taking action on a motion that would close a portion of Bayshore Boulevard to traffic once a month.

The proposal would have shut down a northbound section of Bayshore Boulevard one Sunday a month, allowing only pedestrians to gather in that area.

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  • Tampa council discusses possible once a month shut down of Bayshore Blvd.

Council members voted unanimously to hold further discussions on this motion after District 2 Councilman Charlie Miranda raised questions about how the neighborhood would be affected.

"Has there ever been a study done on the amount of traffic that's on Bayshore now, where it's going to go, how it's gonna get there, and where it's going to be impacted for the total area of that part of the city?" Councilman Miranda questioned. 

While this motion was not in response to the recent accidents along Bayshore, the council also passed a separate motion to include safety as part of the discussion.

The council first passed the motion in April to have Mayor Jane Castor's administration consider shutting down the northbound lanes once a month.

The motion also calls for the city to consider closing other streets throughout the city, such as Nuccio Boulevard in Tampa Heights and New Tampa Blvd. in New Tampa. 

The proposal comes as other major U.S. cities like Oakland and Minneapolis have banished cars along some streets to give residents more space to walk, bike and run during the coronavirus shutdown.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 3.