Vanessa Wheeler

April 2, 2020

“Shifting Media Narratives” workshops make headway, move online amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Erin Scheffels, PhD On March 9, 2020, a group of dedicated professionals of various backgrounds and expertise met in St. Petersburg to discuss a new age of bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The workshop was part of a “Road to Zero” grant-funded series provided by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South […]
April 2, 2020

iCan Bike Tampa Bay to teach children with special needs how to ride bicycles

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for most youth; a transition from backyard play to independence and neighborhood exploration. What about individuals with special needs who may require additional, differentiated instruction? Heidi Ferraro, a local advocate and mother of a son with special needs, is committed to helping special needs individuals […]
April 2, 2020

Walking, biking, and COVID-19: A regional resource guide

Being diligent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Following a few basic guidelines, like avoiding group rides and making sure to leave a minimum of six feet when next to or when passing another person, means you can enjoy walks and bike rides while still protecting yourself and others […]
February 18, 2020

Pedestrian Safety: What is a Temple Terrace Curb?

In today’s technology-driven environment, drivers are more distracted due to their attachment to smart devices. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in reported crashes involving a distracted driver every day in the United States. In 2016, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed by distracted […]
February 18, 2020

Fourth grader’s green bike lane project wins top prize at Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair

Fourth grader, Teagan, often rides her bike to school. When arriving and departing from school, she noticed that parents were often idling their vehicles in the bike lane while waiting to pick up or drop off their children. She had an idea: what if the bike lane was painted? Would it be more noticeable to […]