Six bicyclists have been killed in the Tampa Bay area within the past 10 weeks, an alarming phenomenon that led both the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council to discuss the issue this week. The BOCC discussed a countywide program to make Bay area roads safer for those who experience them by bike.
County Administrator Mike Merrill said he would work with Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace officials, along with , the Sheriffs office to implement bike safety measures on Hillsborough Countys roads. As the Tampa Tribune reports:
At the commission meeting, Theodore Petritsch, a senior transportation engineer for Sprinkle Consulting of Lutz, said the company would voluntarily study the bicycle accidents and complete a report listing education and engineering steps that can be taken to improve safety. The company was hired a few yeas ago to help the city of Miami with its bike safety plan, he said.