Educational Programs

Statewide Resources

Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP)

The FTBSEP, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation’s Safety Office, is a state-wide, comprehensive traffic safety education program that provides one-day workshops for Florida elementary and middle school teachers, law enforcement officers, and recreation leaders. Those who are trained provide training for children to give them the knowledge and skills to be competent and safer in traffic. Detailed curricula (separate for elementary and middle schools) incorporate both (1) classroom instruction with interactive DVD/video components and activity worksheets, and (2) outside, pedestrian and on-bike skills practice. Classroom topics covered in the workshops include, but are not limited to: the importance of having a traffic safety education program, an overview of the Florida Safe Routes to School program, pedestrian safety (school bus safety, stop and search at the edge, visual barriers and model street crossing, crossing intersections, etc.) and bicycle safety (hazard identification and avoidance, helmet importance and fitting, bicycle fit and safety check, seeing and being seen, rules of the road, traffic laws, etc.). The workshops also include on-bike skill instruction which covers, but is not limited to: bicycle fit and safety check, road position, hazard identification and avoidance, scanning, signaling, turning, and intersections.

Florida Safe Routes to School Programs

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
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Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

This chapter of Florida SRTS encourages children and parents to walk or bicycle to school, map safe routes for travel, identify solutions to current traffic concerns, and increase enforcement of traffic laws. To learn more about the program, please visit: https://www.allkids.org/community/safe-routes-to-school »

Hernando

Danielle Barth

727-767-7821

dbarth@jhmi.edu

Pasco

Ashley Volker

727-542-0926

avolker1@jhmi.edu

Georgeann Hull

727-244-9252

ghull3@jhmi.edu

Pinellas

Rachelle Webb

727-488-5744

Rachelle.Webb@jhmi.edu

Tiffany Sabiel

727-77-4124

Tiffany.Sabiel@jhmi.edu

St. Joseph’s Hospital

The purpose of the St. Joseph’s program purpose is to teach ped/bike safety education to children in Hillsborough County. To do this, the program provides community bicycle rodeos, ped/bike safety assemblies, "walk and roll traffic safety clinics" (elementary), and middle school traffic skills safety training. In addition to providing this in 20 targeted schools, the St. Joseph’s program provides League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Youth Skills Training for teachers and community partners.

Hillsborough

Kristi Nalls

813-615-0589 x231

kristi.nalls@baycare.org

Bevin Maynard

813-615-0589 x226

bevin.maynard@baycare.org

More Health, Inc. Ped/Bike Program

More Health’s program provides pedestrian and bicycle safety education for children in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties. The program accomplishes this by teaching first and fifth grade students ped/bike safety lessons aligned with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Each 45-minute lesson covers pedestrian and bicycle safety with a newly-developed fifth grade lesson focusing more on the rules of the road.

Hillsborough, Pinellas

Carlene Lemaster

813-288-0378

clemaster@morehealthinc.org