The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at University of South Florida (USF) is pleased to welcome new Outreach Coordinator, David Guttenplan. David will assist CUTR’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) team by delivering pedestrian and bicycle safety presentations, conducting on-the-street education, and assisting with research.. Although David will be based at USF’s Tampa campus, he will be working with diverse audiences all around Tampa Bay.
In addition to his role with CUTR, David is also the Team Director and Coach of Guttenplan Coaching LLC, a company he launched at the age of 21 as part of his early-found passion for bicycle racing. He won his first race, the Florida State Road Race, at the age of 15 and has been competing professionally both nationally and internationally ever since. Amidst his racing career, David earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Florida.
While riding his bicycle in 2016, David was struck by a man driving a car and nearly died. Though the crash changed his life and made him more aware of potential dangers on the road, he did not give up racing. He fought his way back to the top of the sport and recently won the 2018 USA CRITS Series, a premiere cycling series in the United States. His work to recover and the many miles he has ridden on roadways all over the world has shaped his perspective and inspired a need to help make the streets safer for everyone.