Tampa’s colorful solution to safe streets

Innovative crosswalk murals aim to calm traffic and support public art while keeping kids safe while walking to class.

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The last “Crosswalks to Classrooms” was unveiled in 2019 at Rampello K-8 Magnet School.

Photo via City of Tampa

The City of Tampa is taking traffic safety to the next level with its latest project: Crosswalks to Classrooms.

Right now, painters are coloring the intersection of West Morrison + South Grady Avenue, which leads to Grady Elementary, in reds, yellows, and blues.

The design aims not only to slow down drivers but also remind them that children have a right to safe passage when walking to school, according to a release.

“These colorful crosswalks not only enhance the safety of our students but also incorporate public art, adding vibrancy and character to our community. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Mayor Jane Castor said.

The engineering firm Atkins Global is covering the cost of the mural and telling its employees to donate books to the school.

The city plans to implement more enhanced pedestrian crossings at schools around the area this year.

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