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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety


Governor Scott's Florida Bicycle Month Proclamation

See the Safe Routes To Schools page

See the School Crossing Guards Training Program  

 

Bicyclist and pedestrian safety is one of eight emphasis areas in Florida's 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The SHSP has identified six strategies on which to focus our safety efforts. link to Florida's Pedestrian and Bicyclist Resource Center

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Program promotes conditions for safe and effective travel by foot and bicycle in Florida. We provide policy, planning, technical, and funding expertise in consultation with other FDOT offices and federal and local agencies. Our staff coordinates development and dissemination of walking and cycling safety information about. The Pedestrian-Bicycle Program oversees the Florida School Crossing Guard Training Program, the Florida Traffic Safety Education Program, and the Safe Routes to School Program.

District Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators and other District personnel assist with the pedestrian and bicycle aspects of FDOT projects and activities in the seven FDOT Districts.

 

 


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Engineering

 


Campaigns
In 2010/2011 fiscal year, Florida DOT partnered with the Department of Health in their Florida Bike Health Promotion Program. Over 22,556 bicycle helmets were distributed throughout the state through 96 community partners at helmet fitting events. 97 people were taught how to teach others to fit bicycle helmets for children. The Department of Health Injury Protection Program reports that through 2011 over 159,100 helmets were distributed and over 700 people trained to fit bicycle helmets. At the end of 2011, the Florida Bicycle Helmet Program was moved to the University of Florida (UF), Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Resource Center.  

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For Grants Funding

Programs receiving grant funding in this priority area are focused on four major program related categories:

  1. Legislation, Regulation and Policy: Enactment and enforcement of traffic laws and regulations, including laws that contribute to the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. This includes laws that require the proper use of bicycle helmets and laws that require bicyclists to follow the same rules of the road as motorists.
  2. Enforcement Program: Developing knowledge of pedestrian and bicyclist crash situations, investigating crashes, and maintaining a reporting system that documents crash activity and supports problem identification and evaluation activities, providing communication and education support, Ensuring adequate training to law enforcement personnel on effective measures to reduce crashes among pedestrians and bicyclists.
  3. Communication Program: School-based education programs, communication and awareness campaigns, and other focused educational programs such as those for seniors and other identified high-risk populations.
  4. Outreach Program: Outreach efforts focused on reaching vulnerable road users, such as older pedestrians, young children, and new immigrant populations and pedestrian and bicycle safety education and skills training for school physical education/health curricula. Includes programs to increase safety awareness and skills among pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists who share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists.

Concept papers should address education, training, enforcement, surveys, and public information efforts.

Items eligible for funding under this category may include: public awareness materials, bicycle skills courses, and training for professionals involved with all aspects of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

All grant-funded program areas will be evaluated for success in reducing fatalities and injuries. See the Grants page.

 

Resources

2010 Traffic Safety Facts Bicyclists and Other Cyclistsicon for adobe pdf

Designing for Pedestrians and Bicycles

Crosswalk Safety Florida Pedestrian Resource Center


For more information contact Trenda McPherson @ (850) 414-4025 or Edith Peters (for grants) @ (850) 414-4043