SWFBUD Presents BAM (Bicycle Area Mobility) Network Plan To Tampa Leaders
SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) is working with Tampa/Hillsborough County elected officials and planning officials to build a unified regional paved trail system that SWFBUD has dubbed the "BAM (Bicycle Area Mobility) Network."
SWFBUD has identifed several proposed regional paved trails and has proposed that Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa partner in building the BAM Network, a regional and unified system of trails that SWFBUD wants to interface with existing roads with bike lanes and bus routes.
SWFBUD, which prompted Hillsborough County to initiate a bicycle safety action plan last October, now wants local elected officials and planning staffers to fund a unified trail system that would function like s bicycle highway system to allow bicyclists to get around the Tampa and Hillsborough County area.
SWFBUD Director Alan Snel has met with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and county planning officials to outline the BAM Network and has appeared before several Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) committees to show powerpoint presentations of the BAM Network.
"The BAM Network is the first time that the Tampa can move forward and build a regionwide trail network in a unified fashion so that bicyclists can get to downtown from various suburban and far-reaching areas. By moving forward in a unified manner, everybody in the Tampa area and the county can feel as though they are invested in the BAM," Snel said.
"The Bam Network is about bicycle mobility and interconnecting paved trails to roads with bike lanes so that bicyclists can get around in an efficient and safe manner. With 12 bicyclist deaths in 2010, Hillsborough County needs to provide an infrastructure system for bicyclists in addition to the education and law enforcement being done under the bike safety action plan," Snel said.
SWFBUD prompted Hilssborough County Commissioners to initiate a bike safety action plan in October 2010 and now is taking the lead to get elected leaders at the city and county levels to buy into the BAM Network. SWFBUD appears before the MPO Policy Committee on Aug. 23 as the next step.