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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

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Florida’s 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is broken into eight emphasis areas. Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety are included in the Vulnerable Road Users Emphasis Area. The SHSP identified six strategies on which to focus these safety efforts:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of safety issues related to vulnerable road users.
  • Increase compliance with traffic laws and regulations related to pedestrian and bicycle safety through education and enforcement.
  • Develop and use a systemic approach to identify locations and behaviors prone to pedestrian and bicycle crashes and implement multidisciplinary countermeasures.
  • Encourage adequate funding levels for effective pedestrian and bicycle safety programs and initiatives.
  • Create built environment (urban and rural) to support and encourage safe bicycling and walking.
  • Support national, state, and local legislative initiatives and policies that promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP), published in February 2013, supports the SHSP and is broken into seven emphasis areas. Those include Data and Analysis, Driver Education and Licensing, Highway and Traffic Engineering, Law Enforcement and Emergency Services, Communication, Outreach and Education, and  Legislation, Regulation, and Policy.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition, a diverse group of national, state, and local partners and advocates, was established in February 2013. This group is charged with implementation of the PBSSP with a goal of increasing awareness and driving down fatalities. Key strategies include:

Data and Analysis: Collect and analyze pedestrian- and bicycle-related data to provide stakeholders with complete, accurate, uniform, and accessible information to make appropriate and timely decisions, and to use as a method of evaluating program activities.

Driver Licensing and Education: Address pedestrian and bicycle safety in driver education training, materials, and licensing programs in the classroom and behind the wheel, including strategies for motorists, pedestrians, and bicycles on safely sharing the road.

Highway and Traffic Engineering: Ensure that state and local pedestrian and bicycle programs include a highway and traffic engineering component that is coordinated with enforcement and educational efforts to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicycles through design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

Law Enforcement and Emergency Services: Ensure that state and community pedestrian and bicycle safety programs include law enforcement and emergency service components that strongly emphasize their responsibility in keeping pedestrians and bicycles safe.

Communication: Coordinate with stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan that will improve public awareness of pedestrian and bicycle crash problems and programs directed at preventing them.

Outreach and Education: Advocate extensive community involvement in pedestrian and bicycle safety education and skills training by involving individuals and organizations outside the traditional highway safety community, to include a focus on older pedestrians, young children, and diverse populations.

Legislation, Regulation, and Policy: Coordinate with appropriate public and private agencies to support legislation, regulation, and policies that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.

FDOTs Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Manager leads Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition and PBSSP implementation, Alert Today Florida’s High Visibility Enforcement Program, and Alert Today Florida’s Paid Media Program and oversees Florida’s School Crossing Guard Training Program, Florida’s Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program, and Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Center.

District Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Champions, Coordinators, and Community Traffic Safety Teams support and assist with PBSSP implementation statewide.

General information pertaining to Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative, Public Outreach Campaigns, and Education and Enforcement Resources can be found at: http://www.alerttodayflorida.com/

Grant Funding

FDOTs Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Grant Manager awards subgrants to state and local safety related agencies as “seed” money to assist in the development and implementation of programs that address deficiencies and expand priorities in pedestrian and bicycle safety as outlined in the SHSP and PBSSP. See the Grants page.



Florida Pedestrian Resource Center Designing for Pedestrians and Bicycles
Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Partnership Council FDOT Traffic Operations
Florida DHSMV & FHP Safe Mobility for Life
Florida Police Chiefs Association Florida Sheriff's Association
Florida Bicycle Association Bike Florida
National Coalition for Safer Roads Office of Greenways and Trails

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