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Scope of the Study
- Screening – The first step was to identify park facilities to include in the pilot project. During an initial discussion with project stakeholders, numerous candidate locations were identified. As there are over 400 locations in Hillsborough County that are classified as park facilities, a process was developed to more equitably identify park locations that could benefit the most from inclusion in this pilot project rather than select from park locations that are most well-known. For the purposes of this analysis, four different park types were classified, local, passive, active and linear. Based on a quantitative process that considered equity and transportation safety metrics, the three park locations selected for
inclusion in the pilot are Copeland Park, the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, and Sulphur Springs Park. For more on the evaluation criteria see Park Selection Process and Park Prioritization.
- Existing Conditions Assessment Once the three pilot project locations were identified, a detailed existing conditions assessment was conducted to document the transportation networks in the park vicinity, prevailing travel patterns including speeds, and collisions.
- Public Outreach Feedback from the public will be an important component of the project to identify safety concerns that might not be readily apparent with the data. We will then develop a countermeasure toolbox that can be applied to subsequent projects.
- Countermeasure Toolbox Based on the collision profiles at the three pilot sites a countermeasure toolbox with up to approximately 40 strategies that could be implemented on roadways bounding and connecting to the park sites will be developed. For each countermeasure, a description, the safety issue category (i.e., speeding, bike safety, pedestrian safety), crash reduction factor (where available), order of magnitude cost (low, medium, and high), and an icon to provide a visual description of the measure will be provided.
- Specific recommendations Based on the results of Existing Conditions Assessment and Public Outreach, and the Countermeasure Toolbox, the team will identify specific recommendations that could be implemented at each of the 3 park sites. This will be a collaborative process with the final recommendations incorporating feedback from the public outreach. The recommendations will include an annotated map conceptually depicting improvements for each location.
Screening/Existing Conditions Assessment
Began Spring 2021
Expected Summer/Fall 2021
Countermeasure Toolbox/Study Recommendations
Expected Fall 2021
Other Parks Initiatives
Lisa K. Silva, AICP, PLA, Transportation Planning Organization