According to new reports, the Florida Department of Transportation is holding a public workshop to discuss a new bikeway through downtown Tampa.
The proposed bike lanes would be on the north side of Jackson Street, running from Ashley Drive to Nebraska Avenue.
The addition would look a lot like the new lanes already on Cass Street.
These bike lanes are considered a win win for the area due to the tremendous growth the area has seen.
In the early phases, locals will see protected bike lanes on Cass Street, or ‘the green spine,’ complete with bike signals.
While the addition will give cyclists a safe place to ride, cyclists can still face many dangers riding on the new lanes, and some of these risks include:
- New drivers unfamiliar with traffic laws
- Drivers unfamiliar of the new lanes
- Intoxicated and negligent drivers
- Need for bicycle maintenance
- Failure to wear a helmet
- Open door accidents
Bikers should always perform proper maintenance checks before they head out onto the roadways to make sure there brakes are in working order. In addition, they should wear protective gear.
Every cyclist should be aware of his or her surroundings at all times. If a cyclist is involved in an accident, our Tampa Bay Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. We can identify all negligent parties responsible for the accident.