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Hillsborough County adds 10-foot bike, pedestrian path for kids' route to school

Posted at 2:57 PM, Aug 05, 2019

Hillsborough County leaders have installed a 10-foot shared bike and pedestrian path to help kids get to school safely in Gibsonton.

ABC Action News first showed you the dangerous path to East Bay High School and Eisenhower Middle School in December -- and since then the county's pubic works department has been working on updated safety features.

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The county was supposed to install a sidewalk, but instead they created a ten-foot shared bike, pedestrian path with delineators. A typical sidewalk is approximately five feet across, so this paved path is double the space.

Vanessa Harmon, the mom who recorded her daughter's route to school across Big Bend Road, is glad to see the safety improvements, "I didn't think it'd make that big of an impact, but I'm glad it did," she said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister has also called for crossing guards outside every middle school that needs them in the county -- Big Bend Road will have two crossing guards to help kids get to school safely.

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Along with the added updates, the county also added blank black boxes that will stop drivers from making right hand turns on red.

The no right-hand turn sensors are activated when a pedestrian hits the cross signal.

Hillsborough county's public works department has been working on safety updates outside middle schools in the unincorporated areas.

You can see the middle school pedestrian safety project list here.