When I heard last Friday that the city of Tampa government staffers were not keen on putting in a bike lane on downtown Tyler and Cass Streets as part of a re-pacving job, I decided right then to appear before the city council today and ask the council to instruct staff to get with the bike lane program.
The city's master plan lists Tyler and Cass for bike lanes, which should be striped because the roads are being torn up for utility lines. When the road is paved, the bike lanes should go in. As I was told, the coordination of adding bike lanes from the ADOPTED greenway and trails master plan as part of the UCAP/SIAC resurfacing project is a great example of ouir communityu getting ready for light rail..
No brainer, right?
Well, this is the city of Tampa.
So, at this morning's meeting, I asked the council to take action and I'm happy to say at least one council member took action. Council member Linda Saul-Sena fired off this memo today:
Date: September 10, 2009
To: Pam Iorio, Mayor
Chairman Scott & Members of City Council
Steve Daignault, Administrator of Public Works & Utilities Services
Irvin Lee, Director of Public Works
From: Linda Saul-Sena, Council Member
Re: Bike Lanes on Tyler & Cass Streets
At today’s CRA meeting Alan Snel, President of SWFBUD brought to our attention that Tyler & Cass Streets are being re-surfaced and re-stripped with no bike lanes, although Tampa’s Master Plan indicate that they should have bike lanes.
I am sure that this is an oversight. Please address this omission immediately to include bike lanes on Tyler & Cass Streets.
Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter.