This morning I contacted Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Public Works Director Lee Irvin to throw SWFBUD's support behind bike lanes on Tyler and Cass streets in Tampa.
Dear Mayor Iorio and Mr. Lee,
This morning I had the opportunity to attend a city staff transportation meeting regarding a proposal by the Tampa Downtown Partnership to stripe bike lanes on Cass and Tyler streets as part of the UCAP utility work along those two streets. I was invited by Karen Kress of the Tampa Downtown Partnership to the meeting and I want to go on record that on behalf of SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers), I strongly support this bike lane idea that was outlined by Ms. Kress and Tampa Downtown Partnership consultant Michael Moule. It makes perfect sense. The roads are on the city's bike lane plan and the UCAP project offers the perfect opportunity to stripe bike lanes during the road work following the utility work. It also is consistent with the mayor's goal of making Tampa a green city and Mr. Lee's efforts to stripe bike lanes when new street work is done.
In fact, SWFBUD encourages the city of Tampa to look at its UCAP map and stripe bike lanes on roads in the city that are re-paved as a result of the utility improvements. That would be consistent with the objectives outlined in the Bicycle Component of the city's Comprehensive Plan and make Tampa a safer place to ride bicycles.