February 15, 2016

State of Florida introduces new driver’s handbook to improve driver education, safety

Photo: Cover of Florida Official Driver’s Handbook (Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles) In 2015 Florida introduced a new driver’s test in an effort to improve the standards for driving safely on state roads. However, the new test proved to be much more difficult than the old test and failure rates increased dramatically. The expressed […]
February 17, 2016

Congratulations, Winners of the High School Video Contest!

UPDATE Congratulations to the winners of our High School Student Walk/Bike Safety Video contest! The winners were announced at the February 16 Hillsborough County Public Schools Board Meeting and will also be recognized at the MPO’s March 1st Board Meeting. A huge congratulations goes to… 1st Place! Pedestrian Safety: https://youtu.be/2Zht4WWl0ds by Ethan Huggins and Zuriel Cousins Howard […]
February 26, 2016

The Cost of Crashes

Fact: Pedestrians make up 19% of Florida’s crash-related fatalities and bicyclists make up 5%, totaling $737 million dollars in medical and work loss costs. These numbers aside, the most devastating cost is the loss of the lives of children, parents, brothers, sisters, spouses, partners, and friends who die in crashes each year.   These crashes […]
February 29, 2016

High Visibility Enforcement campaigns educate bicyclists/pedestrians across Tampa Bay region

Since November of 2015, High Visibility Enforcement Campaigns have given area police officers extra duties to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe on Tampa streets. Police departments that received High Visibility Enforcement funds from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) include the Clearwater Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas […]
March 14, 2016

Temple Terrace’s “Bike with the Mayor” ride brings local cyclists together

On March 11th 2016, the City of Temple Terrace held its third annual “Bike with the Mayor” ride in celebration of Florida Bike Month. The event was free and open to all riders. At 7:30 a.m. cyclists, friends, neighbors, colleagues and volunteers enjoyed free coffee, doughnuts, and bagels while chatting with other cyclists before the […]