The mural on Kay Street was painted by local artists Illsol
Tampa, Fla. – Keeping with the Vision Zero theme of “Paint Saves Lives,” the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa are building on recent successful efforts that improve safety as well as aesthetics by unveiling new safety improvements and a ground mural on Kay Street in Tampa’s Downtown.
The mural by a local husband and wife team known as Illsol will be unveiled Friday evening following Fourth Friday.
Located on Kay Street between Florida Avenue and Tampa Street, the colorful mural is designed to help improve safety by enhancing the crosswalks.
“Through our safety initiatives, like Vision Zero, we’re making creative changes big and small that have a huge impact in protecting our pedestrians, calming traffic, and adding a touch of beauty to our streets,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “We are very excited to have this colorful new mural along one of our gateways into downtown and the Tampa Heights neighborhood.”
“The Kay Street is the latest mural we have commissioned that makes our Downtown more vibrant and inviting, but more importantly improves the safety of these key pedestrian crossings – making it a win-win,” noted Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO Lynda Remund.
“Projects like the Kay Street & Franklin Street intersection improvements help us achieve multiple goals by bringing awareness to drivers that people on foot or bike may be crossing the street. This project also has a placemaking component that adds pride, vibrancy, and character to the Yellow Brick Row Business District,” added Alana Brasier, Vision Zero Coordinator for the City of Tampa.
Vision Zero is the City’s transportation safety effort to eliminate deadly and life-altering injury crashes by creating safer streets and providing safer options for getting around the City. In addition to Kay Street, similar murals and projects have been commissioned on Ashly Drive, Franklin Street, and several downtown parking garages and outdoor seating areas.