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Infrastructure measures the quantity and quality of the investment a region makes in underlying structures, including transportation and broadband internet.

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The quality of roadways has a direct impact on household and business expenditures and represents the safety, efficiency and desired state of repair of a community's transportation infrastructure. More and more, residents are assessing the walkability of a community as a key factor to compare the quality of life a community offers. Reducing pedestrian and cyclist fatalities is an explicit goal of our local and state transportation agencies. Pedestrian deaths disproportionately impact low-income residents. These deaths are generally viewed as a result of poor urban planning, lack of sidewalk infrastructure, and user behavior.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Fatalities
Pavement Condition


Walkability and connectivity are increasingly important attractors for major metropolitan areas. Tampa Bay’s existing infrastructure still heavily relies on streets and cars to help move residents and visitors to their destinations. South Florida leads in Walkability at 54.18%, and our region continues to rank 11th out of 20 with 9.54% of residents living in neighborhoods earning a walkability score of 70 or higher.

The value of Pedestrian and Cyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Residents has increased from 4.38 to 5.58, and our ranking has fallen to last place. This is in contrast to the U.S. average performance, which shrank from 2.25 fatalities per 100,000 residents to 1.62.

There were no data updates for Pavement Condition so the numbers reflected represent the 2020 data set: 71.86% of the region’s roadways are in good or fair condition, over 20% better than the U.S. Average. 



  • Increases to pavement condition and walkability represent improved safety, efficiency, and an investment in repairing and maintaining infrastructure.
  • Walkability improvements will positively reflect new urban planning which promotes the volume and proximity of resources for residents throughout the region.
  • Increases to Pedestrian and Cyclist Fatalities denote increasing or persistent safety issues, and may also be linked to increased congestion. 


  • Decreasing values highlight an opportunity to improve urban planning, safety, and the condition of roadways.
  • Decreasing Pedestrian and Cyclist Fatalities would be a positive sign, and may indicate improved safety measures.


  • Federal and Local Investment
  • Urban Development Practices 
  • Feasibility and Public Appetite for Funding Large Projects 
  • Collaboration between Metropolitan Planning Organizations