On August 29, 2017, the University of South Florida’s (USF) 6th annual Walk and Bike Week kicked-off at the Tampa campus. This year marks the sixth annual celebration of active transportation on campus. The event kicked off with a press conference at the College of Engineering Hall of Flags. Dr. Robert Bertini, Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research, served as master of ceremonies, introducing the speakers. USF President Genshaft spoke about how important it was to her as both the university president, and being a bicyclist herself. Genshaft noted that USF had been named a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly University, and commended the various departments that helped to make that designation happen.
The Chief of USF Police spoke about their role in keeping everyone safe, including educating students. USF has a bicycle squad, and the chief mentioned that three of their officers became League Cycling Instructors at a recent seminar hosted by Bike/Walk Tampa Bay. BWTB also provided the USF PD cruisers with messaging clings about the law requiring a drivers to give a minimum of three feet when passing a bicyclist.
The week-long celebration continued on Wednesday, August 30 with an expo at the USF Marshall Center. There, students, faculty and staff could visit various booths and learn about active transportation programs both on and off campus. Exhibitors included Coast Bike Share, the Hillsborough MPO, and a Bike/Walk Tampa Bay table where visitors could take a quiz about their knowledge of laws and safe behaviors for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.
The final event of the week was a campus bike ride, led by the USF Bicycle Club, which toured the roads on the campus.