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 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 9, 2016

Recent research recommends stronger connections between public transit and public trails in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties

On March 3, 2016, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida premiered a webcast entitled “Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida.” The webcast was presented by Sara J. Hendricks, AICP to announce the findings of her most recent research. Hendricks is a Senior Research […]
March 17, 2016

Bike light giveaway in Pinellas County schools promotes safe bicycle use

On March 16, 2016, Pinellas Park Middle School held an event to give away bike lights to students to promote safe cycling. Staff from the Pinellas County Traffic Division and Florida Department of Transportation attended the event to help students attach the lights to their bicycles to assure future use. The school is one of […]