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Florida Matters Preview: Pedestrian And Cyclist Safety In Tampa Bay

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Tampa officials lowered the speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard shortly after a woman and her baby were struck and killed by a man allegedly racing another driver. On Florida Matters, we discuss if changes like these are enough?

The Tampa Bay region consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous places in the nation for pedestrians and cyclists.

This week on Florida Matters, we're talking about how to improve safety on the roads while balancing that with the needs of drivers eager to get where they need to go as fast as possible.

We asked listeners for their thoughts, and we hear some of that feedback in this preview.

Host Robin Sussingham shares some listener comments with Christine Acosta, Executive Director of the advocacy group Walk Bike Tampa, and Whit Blanton, Executive Director of Forward Pinellas, the county's transportation planning agency.

Hear the show Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7.

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.