Friday, February 13, 2009

Time To Kick In The Pedal Power Movement

It's time for bicyclists to stand up and be heard at three big government meetings during the next two weeks.

Feb. 18 9 AM County Building, Kennedy Blvd, downtown Tampa: The Hillsborough County Commission will discuss problems regarding the alignment of the connector trail that would link the Upper Tampa Bay Trail with the Suncoast Trail to create the longest continuous paved trail in the state of Florida. A property owner along the proposed alignment contacted the county that she would not sell after the county commission already approved the alignment and eminent domain proceedings. This project has been in the works for years and the county has spent millions of dollars to make this happen. It was identified as the number one bicycle infrastructure project in the Tampa Bay area.

Message: Tell the county comissioners to spend the money to acquire the properties and build the trail.

Feb. 23 3 PM Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board meeting, 1104 E. Twiggs downtown Tampa: The Expressway Board will hear a staff report about SWFBUD's request to close the upper deck of the Selmon Expressway on Sunday mornings and allow bicyclists to use the top tier for two to three hours. On early Sunday mornings, there are hardly any commuters and bicyclists also lost the Friendship Trail on the old Gandy Bridge.

St. Pete Times story on the issue

Message: Tell the board you want to bike on the closed upper deck of the expressway, especially on early Sunday mornings when there are hardly any commuters.

Feb. 26 1:30 PM City Hall downtown Tampa: Tampa Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena has arranged a meeting with public works staff to discuss bike lanes.

Message: Tell city staff to be responsive to bicyclist needs and stripe bike lanes on wide one-way roads such as Platt Street.

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