Example: 50 + 35 story buildings planned downtown create 525 Condos (start at $1 Million) + 200 Hotel Rooms + multiple retail stores. “ONE” just opened with 276 Condos + 175 Hotel Rooms, plus retail stores.
800+ NEW Condos + 375 Hotel Rooms + Multiple Stores bring thousands of high-level people and employees who want to move about in vehicles rather than bike, bus, or walk in heat, cold, rain and wind.
ALL St. Pete arterial roads have growing numbers of vehicles every year.
Concept for 1st Ave N and S
History: 4 Lanes
Lane~Loss to 3 Lanes, with Parking each side NOW Lane~Loss to 2 lanes
NOT initiated by Council
NOT initiated by Citizen Referendum
WIDE Right of Ways allow Bike Paths off the street.
Street Lanes only when needed, NO Lane~Loss or Parking Loss.
Creative alternate routes on residential streets, like 7th St N and 1st St N.
26% Accidents: “a” factor was speed. NHSTA
74% Accidents: speed not a factor.
CONGESTION is the biggest factor.
SAFETY is primary goal, more so than speed.
LOS – Level of Service – Time for vehicle to get from A to B.
Neighborhoods and Citizens favor “Back to the Drawing Board.”
City Council has no authority and no vote over Transportation Dept.!! Can only “Discuss.”
CS and BRT “pet projects” of Mayor.
Transportation Dept. “Sales Presentation” – Cherry Pick Data - How It Is – without working with Neighborhood Associations.
Walter Fuller Park “Bike Path” 12’ wide to Pinellas Trail is Positive Example (after threat of lawsuit). Save 23 Oak Trees, keep out of Park, multiple creative ideas.