On June 22, 2017, staff at the Center for Urban Transportation Research piloted a pop-up bicycle light and safety information on Busch Blvd. in Tampa at the intersection of Hyaleah Road. The purpose of the pop-up is to reach bicyclists as they are travelling on a high crash corridor to provide education about bicycle traffic laws and to outfit their bicycles with front and back lights.
Several bicyclists stopped and took the safety quiz that evening. Bicycle lights were installed on the bicycles while they took the quiz and bicyclists were also offered helmets. A bicyclists who stopped said he was happy to complete the survey and learn safety information. “Bless you for helping me today,” he said, “I needed lights and a helmet but can’t pay for them.”
The Bike/Walk Tampa Bay pop-ups are planned to expand to other corridors in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties through 2017. The project is funded by District 7 of the Florida Department of Transportation.