Many streets in St. Petersburg were designed for the fast movement of cars instead of the safe movement of people, with profound implications for residents’ health, according to a new report from the Florida Consumer Action Network Foundation and Frontier Group. The report, made possible by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, details how changes in street design could improve health and safety across the city.
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What: Florida Consumer Action Network Foundation will release a new research report that finds another $10 billion in taxpayer dollars will be wasted on nine highway projects across the country, including on I-4 “Beyond the Ultimate” here in Florida. The report details how these projects are wrongly prioritizing expansion over maintenance and repair of existing transportation systems and are based on faulty projections of future needs. It also explains how each project fails to effectively combat congestion or wisely meet other needs. Finally, the report recommends using better projection models and long-term solutions to congestion issues. The report includes easy-to-understand graphics and a color cover.
With a new grant from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, FCAN Foundation will start its Complete Streets project in July 2016. FCAN Foundation is among 19 groups in the inaugural $3.9 million grant awards by the new Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. The Foundation was formed as a result of the sale of the Bayfront Medical Center. The Foundation says the grants are a “component of a multi-prong, multi-year, multi-focused strategy to improve health outcomes for the population of Pinellas County south of Ulmerton Road and east of Seminole Boulevard.
Complete Streets and will improve the ability of the residents of St Pete to sustain healthy lifestyles through implementation of a sustainable healthy transit initiative and adoption of healthy life styles. FCANF will be working with the City to implement the Complete Streets program. The city wants to provide transportation options for all citizens that will increase the levels of bicycling and walking and reduce the percentage of automobile trips.
FCANF’s community Complete Streets project will conduct a resident survey to identify what people want and don’t want from their street grid and to build awareness of the opportunities created by the city’s Complete Streets program. We will organize community forums, where urban planners will present options and residents and stakeholders will be able to provide public comment. Additionally, FCANF staff will make presentations to neighborhood, business and professional associations and create awareness through social media.
Through this outreach we will build a St. Petersburg Complete Streets Visioning Coalition that will include community stakeholders including local chambers of commerce, healthcare professionals, cyclists, schools, retirees, law enforcement officials, neighborhood associations, the sustainability council and elected officials.
The Board and staff of FCAN Foundation thank the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries is a "Catholic organization, guided by the mission and rooted in the tradition and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, is a catalyst for systemic change by committing resources and working collaboratively with others to promote physical, mental, spiritual, societal, and cultural well-being in communities served."
Allegany has awarded FCAN Foundation grants in previous years to work on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, expansion of Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
The Board and staff of FCAN Foundation thank Allegany for their support. The grant will bring our online capacity into the 21st century.
The Tampa Express Lanes project makes the national list of highway boondoggles. This new research report from the Frontier Group finds at least $24 billion in taxpayer dollars will be wasted on 12 highway projects across the country. It details how these projects are wrongly prioritizing expansion over repair of existing infrastructure and are based on poor projections of future needs. The Report explains how each project fails to effectively combat congestion or wisely meet other needs. There are recommendations using better projection models that take into account changing transportation preferences, especially among Millennials.
FCAN Foundation is a non-profit education and research organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3).
Contributions to FCAN Foundation are tax deductible. FCAN Foundation conducts research and public education on Florida consumer issues and seeks to empower consumers on issues including utilities, health care, insurance, environment, and financial services.
FCAN Foundation provides needed consumer resources on health care, transportation, environment, utilities, and insurance along with partners at Fair Share Education Fund and Consumer Federation of America.
Florida Consumer Action Network Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Charitable deductions are allowed to the extent provided by law.
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