Bike paths on resurfaced Euclid will curb on-street parking
March 19, 2010
The scheduled resurfacing of Euclid Avenue will add bicycle lanes while eliminating on-street parking, city transportation officials have told residents living along the 2.2-mile route.
The project scheduled to start in the coming months will affect the stretch of Euclid from Bayshore Boulevard to West Shore Boulevard. A March 3 letter mailed to residents living on and around Euclid Avenue informed them of the project slated to begin before summer.
After evaluating the feasibility of creating bike lanes, city transportation officials determined Euclid could accommodate eastbound and westbound lanes, connecting Bayshore and West Shore boulevards.
The bike lanes, however, will make on-street parking illegal. Florida law prohibits parking on roadways with designated bicycle lanes.
"We believe the demand for bike facilities outweighs the demand for on-street parking," transportation manager Jean Dorzback said in the letter to residents.
A recent weekday afternoon drive along the length of Euclid found few vehicles parked curbside.
No start date for the resurfacing work is set, but once begun it will not take long, said Irvin Lee, Tampa's public works director. "That's a pretty straight stretch," Lee said. "It should go fairly quickly unless there are weather issues or unforeseen site issues."
Euclid's pavement condition is such that it should be resurfaced now rather than after more deterioration, Lee said.
Julie Sitki's family has lived on the 3000 block of West Euclid, about two blocks off Bayshore, for 45 years. "We are absolutely thrilled; it's a blessing," said Sitki.
People who drive to the area to bike, skate, run or walk along Bayshore Boulevard routinely park on Euclid, sometimes blocking driveways, she said. "We've had to have vehicles towed away."
Additionally, on-street parking often occupied spaces needed by utility workers, tree-trimmers, emergency crews and others servicing neighborhood homes, Sitki said. Gasparilla created a parking nightmare, she said.
Through the years, some residents lobbied city officials to eliminate on-street parking on Euclid. A few, like Sitka's mother, Lola Gruendel, were successful in convincing the city to designate the curb fronting their homes as five-minute parking zones, and identified as such with approved signs.
Residents will receive notice from the city when a start date for the resurfacing project is determined.
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