TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa City Council held a workshop Thursday to get more information for a Bicycle Safety Action Plan.
The city has been working with the Florida Department of Transportation, University of South Florida, Transportation Division, The Tampa Police Department and The Metropolitan Planning Organization. They have also talked with local bicyclists about needed changes.
The safety plan comes on the heals of more than six fatal collisions involving bicyclists and automobiles over the last six months. According to the Hillsborough County Planning Commission, Tampa is well above the average for cities involving bicycling fatalities.
At the workshop, some of the suggested improvements included education for the public, better sign placement on roadways, better striping, and using bumper stickers on city vehicles to promote biking safety.
"Education is a major part of this effort, we see that both cyclists and the drivers are contributing to this problem" said Beth Alden with the Hillsborough County Planning Commission.
The city plans to hold a few more workshops before deciding whether to adopt a safety plan.
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