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What Pensacola is Doing to Make Downtown More Pedestrian Friendly

Pensacola is one of thousands of cities across the U.S. that created ordinances after World War II requiring developers to build parking spaces based on the square footage of their buildings. Now, officials in Pensacola, Florida are working to move downtown into the 21st century, forcing spacious parking lots to take a backseat to a pedestrian friendly environment. Read more... Read more

Road Diets Make for Skinnier Streets that are Safer for Pedestrians

A decade ago, when Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida was widened to six lanes, there wasn’t much reason for anyone to walk across it. But in recent years, that stretch of Riverside has seen a construction boomlet. Now the Downtown Investment Authority is exploring a concept called a road diet that would result in fewer lanes for automobiles, making it easier for people on foot and bicycle to cross the the street. Read more... Read more

St. Pete Envisions a Future Free of Traffic Snags

Imagine a city in which bicycles travel from place to place with the same ease as cars and other motorized traffic. That’s the idea behind St. Petersburg’s Complete Streets program. It’s the local edition of a national push by Smart Growth America to make sure everyone – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities – can safely get where they want to go. Read more... Read more

Tampa Dreams of Turning Novelty Streetcar Into Transit Solution

​ With the Tampa Bay region stalled on meaningful public transit investment, the city of Tampa is asking residents whether expanding an existing tourist-centric streetcar might help alleviate their transportation woes. Currently, the novelty line runs 2.7 miles, a short stretch that doesn’t reach downtown’s highest job concentrations and runs infrequently. Now, with $1 million from the Florida DOT, and another $677,390 from the city’s own coffers, Tampa is considering what an expanded streetcar system might look like, and engaging... Read more

Pop-Up Project Focuses on North Marina Street Improvements in Clearwater

The North Marina area in Clearwater, Florida has long boasted its own distinct identity. Last summer, the city’s Planning and Development Department launched a new pop-up event series in North Marina as a way for city staff to study how to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in the area. Read more... Read more

City Of Gainesville Prepared To Work With Student Organization To Paint Crosswalks

The City of Gainesville is prepared to work with the Students for the New Urbanism at University of Florida to paint crosswalk art that will enhance the beauty of the city while improving pedestrian safety. The students state that crosswalk art can act as a traffic-calming device for busy intersections with a lot of foot and automobile traffic. The interesting designs help attract more attention from commuters and draw them into appreciating the crosswalk as a pedestrian space. Read more... Read more
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