Vanessa Wheeler

October 30, 2019

Open Streets St. Pete gets people out of their cars and onto the streets

The fourth annual Open Streets St. Pete event was held on Sunday, October 20. The streets were closed to traffic along Bayshore Drive SE and Dan Wheldon Way in Downtown St. Petersburg, allowing attendees to bike, walk, hula hoop, skate, and otherwise enjoy these roadways free of cars. Dan Wheldon way runs along Albert Whitted […]
September 25, 2019

Educating the next generation of drivers

The Teen Traffic Safety Education Program is provided annually to Tampa Bay high school students enrolled in Driver’s Education.  During the 2019/20 school year, the program will impact 48 high schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties. Students are taught important laws for driving appropriately alongside vulnerable road users, and  for walking and bicycling.   First, students take a pre-test to establish baseline knowledge […]
September 25, 2019

St. Petersburg hosts first-ever World Car Free Day celebration

Car-Free St. Pete, in coalition with Open Streets St. Pete, hosted the City of St. Petersburg’s first-ever World Car-free Day event on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019. Though World Car-free Day is an international movement, the city’s rendition of the celebration kept the message local, highlighting some of the many advocacy organizations and resources dedicated to helping residents and visitors alike […]
September 17, 2019

Boys and Girls Club youths take a Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safer Journey course

This summer, youths participating in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay attended a Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safer Journey course. The two-day program included in-classroom learning and a bicycle rodeo. One goal of the program was to start a conversation about the importance of safe walking and biking. On the first day, the boys […]
September 17, 2019

Best Workplaces for Commuters program recognizes Florida employers, universities and sites

Being commuter-friendly has an extra perk for Florida employers––applying to become a certified Best Workplace for Commuters (BWC) employer is free! BWC is a Florida-based national program seeking to change how Americans commute to work each day by supporting companies that provide their employees with great alternatives to driving alone. Because the program is headquartered […]