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  • Dena Gross Leavengood
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Neighbors and Community Leaders Work Together to Improve Pedestrian SafetyFrom: Lynn Merenda merendal@plancom.org Subject: Neighbors and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2005
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Neighbors and Community Leaders Work Together to Improve Pedestrian Safety
      Subject: Neighbors and Community Leaders Work Together to Improve Pedestrian Safety 4/4-8


      Lynn Merenda or Gena Torres
      Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization
      Switchboard: 813.575.5940  Direct Dial: 813.273.3774 x342  Cell: 813.334.2341
      Fax:  813.272.6258
      Email Address: 
      merendal@... or torresg@...

      Neighbors and Community Leaders Work Together to Improve Pedestrian Safety

      Tampa, FL, March 31, 2005 – On the one-year anniversary of the tragic hit-and-run accident at the University Area Community Center, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites neighbors, community leaders and planners to work together to improve community walkability.  Tampa Bay leads the nation statistically in pedestrian fatalities.  The MPO, the City of Tampa and HARTline are raising awareness of the need to make Hillsborough County a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists by hosting eight Walkable Community Workshops throughout Hillsborough County April 4th through April 8th.

      Presented by experienced trainers from the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, these workshops are a hands-on planning experience using neighborhoods around the county as case studies.  Citizens will work toe-to-toe with planning professionals and community leaders to find workable solutions that make our communities more walkable.  The first workshop is being hosted at the University Area Community Center, the location where two young brothers were hit and killed as they attempted to cross 22nd Street a year ago.  This is a unique opportunity for citizens to make a difference and minimize the possibility of such painful losses recurring. 

      Participants should wear walking shoes.  All eight workshops are free and open to the public:

      MON, April 4th, 1pm – 5pm                               TUE, April 5th, 8am – noon

      University Area Community Center                                Joe Abrahams Wellness Center

      14013 North 22nd Street                                 5212 Interbay Boulevard

      TUE, April 5th, 1pm – 5pm                                       WED, April 6th, 8am – noon

      Town ‘n Country Recreation Center                       Tampa Union Station (Amtrak)

      6039 Hanley Road                                                601 Nebraska Avenue

      WED, April 6th, 1pm – 5pm                               THU, April 7th, 8am – noon

      Grant Park Center                                               Temple Terrace Library

      3724 North 54th Street                                  202 Bullard Parkway

      THU, April 7th, 1pm – 5pm                               FRI, April 8th, 8am – noon

      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center            Redlands Christian Migrant Association

      1601 East Dr. MLK Boulevard, Plant City                 416 Hwy 41 South, Ruskin

      "These workshops draw public attention to the importance of a safe and friendly walking environment and teach participants how to look at their environment from the pedestrian's perspective," explained the MPO’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner, Gena Torres.  “Residents are expressing a desire to live in places where their children can safely bike or walk to school, where they don't have to use a car for a short trip to the store and where they can take an after-dinner stroll along pleasant streets," she said.

      The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization is a transportation policy-making board comprised of representatives from local government and transportation authorities.  Mandated by federal and state law, the MPO is responsible for establishing a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process for the City of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and unincorporated Hillsborough County.  This board is responsible for establishing transportation priorities to meet short-term (next 5 years) and long-term (next 20 years) transportation network needs that work concurrently with comprehensive land-use plans and regional needs.  Persons in need of special accommodations to attend a Walkable Community Workshop or other MPO meeting should contact Allison Yeh at 813.273.3774 x351 at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.

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      Lynn E. Merenda
      The Planning Commission
      Community Planner
      Transportation Planning
      phone:  813/272-5940 x342
      fax:      813/272-6258
      web:    www.theplanningcommission.org

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