Walk Bike News – August 2016 : Better Together

slider-greenwaysandtrails-updateThe MPO worked closely with the Tampa Greenways & Trails Committee, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and surrounding counties to prepare the new Tampa-Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Plan inclusive of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and unincorporated Hillsborough. All of the amazing individual projects and trail and bikeway connections have been brought together and identified in one document, linking them together.

Here are some highlights of the important connections these trails will make to destinations in and around Hillsborough County:

The I-275 Greenway

The I-275 Greenway connects Cypress Point Park and the Courtney Campbell Trail (and Pinellas County) to Robles Park north of Downtown Tampa. From Cypress Point Park to Downtown Tampa, this trail would serve as a component part of the SUNTrail Southwest Coast Connector project. From the beauty of Tampa Bay and the developing Westshore district to the history of West Tampa, the energy of the parks along the way, into Downtown Tampa to Tampa Heights, this trail has the potential to connect visitors and local residents with all that Tampa has to offer.

The Selmon Greenway

Connecting the existing Selmon Greenway to the Green Spine at E 3rd Avenue provides a connection from the West Tampa neighborhood through Downtown Tampa into Ybor City and points south. This route allows bicyclists and walkers to experience rapidly-developing Channelside, historic Ybor City, and the bustling activity of active Port Tampa and is also a component of the SUNTrail Southwest Coast Connector project.

USF Trail

The University Area Community is located adjacent to the University of South Florida and its 40,000+ students, as well as Temple Terrace’s roughly 25,000 residents. This trail along Fletcher Avenue provides a trail connection to the proposed Tampa Bypass Canal Trail and the recreational opportunities in Flatwoods Park, as well as a connection to southeast Tampa, Ybor City, Channelside, and points south. Strategies in the Livable Communities Element for the USF area include the facilitation of non-motorized travel by creating pedestrian links (sidewalks and trails) and safe crossings.

The Kirby Canal Trail

The Kirby Canal Trail connects the Town ‘N Country neighborhood to the neighborhoods and employment opportunities in the Carrollwood area in northwest Tampa. This trail is primarily along the Kirby Canal (Canal G) and, much like the Town N’ County Trail to the west, travels through both developed and natural areas. The creek provides a respite from the surrounding development. This connection will provide a safe, off-street route and improve overall citizen mobility and connectivity to the greater greenway system including the proposed Perimeter Trail in Central Tampa via a bikeway along Kirby Street to the Lowry Park Zoo.