December 9, 2015

Safe Routes to School encourages safe travel to school year round

On October 7, 2015, parents, school children, faculty, staff, law enforcement, pedestrian safety experts, and volunteers of all kinds gathered for International Walk to School Day. Participating elementary schools included Hunter’s Green Elementary, with 120 kids and 35 adults participating, Turner Bartels k-8, with 150 kids and 25 adults participating, Fish Hawk Creek Elementary, with […]
February 3, 2016

Florida Department of Transportation Announces Crossing Guard Appreciation Day and Award Winners

In 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed a proclamation for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. The first line of the proclamation reads: “Every school day, thousands of dedicated crossing guards assist our children across busy streets as they arrive and depart from school.” School crossing guards contribute to the health and well-being of our communities in many […]
February 8, 2016

WalkBright app helps make pedestrians visible at night

image courtesy of seefloridago.org Did you know that 83% of pedestrian fatalities happen after dark? According to crash data from 2010-2014, this statistic is true for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties combined. Low visibility makes it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians and for pedestrians to be seen at night. Collaborators at USF’s Center for Urban […]
February 10, 2016

Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation plans to connect the region’s bike/walk paths

On February 4th, 2016, The Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation held a board meeting to discuss the future of local and regional shared-use and non-motorized trails. The Foundation is Florida’s chief advocacy organization for non-motorized trails & greenways, and supports expanding public access for all Florida residents and visitors to enhance recreational opportunities, safety, livability, […]
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 […]