Thursday, August 5, 2010

SWFBUD Commends Bicyclist Ed Collins For Speaking Out At Tampa City Council Meeting

SWFBUD commends bicylist Ed Collins, who told the Tampa City Council this morning that Tampa city government has to take ACTION -- and not do more studies -- to make our city streets safer for bicyclists. The MPO has offered plenty of recommendations and bike/ped projects in Tampa that are collecting dust.

SWFBUD advises Mayor Iorio and city government staffers that Tampa needs a network of bike lanes throughout the ENTIRE city and signage advising motorists to slow down and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Ed's dad, Leroy Collins, Jr., was killed July 29 by a 27-year-old Tampa General Hospital intern who made a left turn at an intersection and broadsided Ed's father. Mr. Collins, Ed's dad, was mortally wounded by the driver's SUV.

Ed told the city council that the driver was not even given a ticket or citation. That surprised several city council members and Ed also met Police Chief Jane Castor at the council meeting to share his thoughts with the Chief Castor, who is a bicyclist, too.