Block by Block: 6-Mile Ride Offers Vision of Bike-Friendly Burg

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The City’s Complete Streets program aims to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians. The expansion of bike trails and the addition of protected lanes on certain roads paves the way for a less car-dependent city.

With massive apartment/condo developments emerging in St. Pete’s urban core and Innovation District, many residents are moving down here without a car or are looking to keep the use their vehicle to a minimum. Of course, the advent of Coast Bike Share in St. Pete and Tampa has more residents exploring the streets on two wheels.

Shift St. Pete, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a bike-friendly Burg, and Florida Consumer Action Network will explore how a “minimum grid” network of streets can improve mobility for all bicyclists on June 17.

A minimum grid is a city-wide bicycle network that connects places of origins to places of destination.

– Gil Penalosa

Ride into the future of St. Pete’s infrastructure

The 6 mile group ride will highlight recently-completed projects in the city, as well as offer visions of future infrastructure. These future projects will create a comprehensive network of trails and low-stress routes that will enable bicyclists to move about the city smoothly and safely, whether for transportation or recreation.

Cyclists will meet up at 8:30am at Crescent Lake Park (1320 5th Street North) on June 17. The ride departs at 9am. It’s expected to fill up quickly so interested riders are encouraged to register early.

The City adopted a Complete Streets policy in November of 2015. Complete Streets facilities improvements include on-street bicycle lanes, shared-use paths, sidewalks, reduced number of lanes and lane widths, transit, and mixed land uses.

Buffered or protected lanes should be the rule – not the exception – on streets with three or more lanes or heavy traffic.

Greenway system, slower speed limits proposed for local neighborhoods 

Neighborhood streets are being considered for a connected greenway system for walking and biking. Improvements would expand on existing neighborhood traffic calming, and include traffic diversion, way-finding signage, and safe crossings of major streets along the route.

Other proposed changes include reduced speed limits on neighborhood roads, changing signal timing, and narrowing/eliminating vehicle lanes. Learn more via the Complete Streets presentation.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me