St. Pete to close portion of Bayshore Drive to traffic

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Calling all runners and cyclists, it looks like one popular stretch of road will be closed off to traffic. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman just announced that Bayshore Drive, between Vinoy and 2nd Ave NE will be shutdown to cars beginning May 21.

Here’s the Mayor’s full statement:

“Beginning tomorrow we’re going to close Bayshore Dr NE (until further notice) between the Vinoy and 2nd Ave to give folks who are running and cycling a bit extra room.”

In Tampa, officials closed off several sections of road to cars to help restaurants expand their outdoor capacity. Similarly, St. Petersburg has allowed restaurants to apply to convert on-street parking spots for dining. This is all included in the Restart St. Pete initiative.

As an avid runner, and someone who takes that route every single morning, I can say I’m grateful for the closure, and will be intrigued to learn the city’s findings from the experiment.

In 2019, Open Streets St. Pete shut down the stretch fo Bayshore Drive near The Mahaffey Theater and Dali Museum to traffic. That event was met with praise and offered a safe expanse for Cyclists, runners, and walkers along the waterfront.

Would you like to see more streets shut down to traffic in St. Petersburg? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Andrew Harlan

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