Bayshore Boulevard is highly touted as the “Crown Jewel” of Tampa Bay… It is promoted as the longest stretch of uninterrupted sidewalk in the Country, and it is where Tampa residents convene on a daily basis to walk, run, stroll, bike, exercise, and more… However, the boulevard road itself has turned into a very dangerous 4-lane highway that is utilized for commuting and high-speed traffic. There are little to no safety measures in place that allow pedestrians to cross safely to the Bayshore… As a result, there have been numerous near-fatal and fatal accidents, including most recently a Mother and her 2-year-old child were struck and fatally killed by a speeding motorist… We are advocating for safety improvements, including the following at a minimum:
■ 25 MPH Speed Limit on Bayshore Boulevard
■ Enforcement of the Speed Limit at all times (police presence and/or speed cameras)
■ Installation of flashing pedestrian cross-walks that give pedestrians the right-of-way at each intersection (most important)
This would ensure that Bayshore Boulevard is treated more like Gulf Boulevard at the Pinellas Beaches rather than a 4-Lane Highway. There are currently way too many pedestrians and not enough road safety. Drivers are constantly speeding, minimal safe crossings, and residents get extremely nervous every time they cross to get to the Bayshore. Bayshore should be treated and respected as the park and greenspace it is, and the pedestrians need to be accommodated for in order to help them enjoy it safely.
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