Complete Streets for St Pete
Walking is the most basic form of transportation. People walk and use mobility devices like wheelchairs every day to meet their needs in St. Pete, but not all our streets were designed to support walking.
Last week, FCAN volunteers conducted walk audits of 18th Avenue South, the Skyway Marina District, and 28th Street North. Walk audits are a fun way to evaluate streets in St. Petersburg and identify changes needed to make them Complete Streets. Complete Streets can improve health, save lives, and benefit the local economy by making it easier to walk, bike, and shop safely. The City of St. Petersburg is creating a Complete Streets plan this year, so now is the time to help more people walk safely in St. Pete!
Thursday, 2/16/17, 5:30 pm
MLK/9th St between 5th Ave N and 5th Ave S
Meet at the SE corner of MLK and 1st Ave S
Friday, 2/17/17, 9:00 am
22nd Ave between 49th St and 34th St
Meet by the Save-A-Lot on 49th St and 22nd Ave S
What are Complete Streets?
Imagine a street where you’d feel comfortable letting your 8-year old son ride a bike with his 80-year old grandma. That’s a Complete Street. Complete Streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities and serve people traveling in all different ways: walking, biking, taking transit, or just enjoying the street as a public space.
Complete Streets increase safety for all users. In New York City, adding physically separated bike lanes to major streets reduced injuries to everyone- not just bicyclists- by 40 percent or more. We need to build sidewalks and protected bike lanes on major streets throughout St. Petersburg and reduce speed to save lives.
Complete Streets improve everyone’s health by making it easier and safer to be active. Walking and biking attack health challenges like diabetes and heart disease. Neighborhoods with poor health outcomes are also those with the least complete transportation networks, making Complete Streets a critical health equity tool.
Complete Streets are good for business. Not long ago, Central Avenue had little pedestrian activity, many boarded up store fronts, petty crime, and frequent speeding. Small changes like crosswalks and bike parking turned this street around and it’s now one of our most vibrant commercial streets.