The morning of October 30, 2018 was cool and pleasant as the sun rose over Busch Blvd. in Temple Terrace. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay (BWTB), in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Temple Terrace, hosted Pop-up for Safety, an educational event demonstrating how BWTB connects community members with much needed safety equipment and education.
The Pop-up for Safety event was part of a larger initiative, Walk Bike Drive, specifically launched to address transportation safety, particularly for those who walk and bike on some of the most dangerous high-speed high-crash travel corridors in the area. Dignitaries and press participated along with dozens of local citizens.
Secretary David Gwynn, Florida Department of Transportation District Seven, began the press conference portion of the event by welcoming everyone in attendance and highlighting the importance of safety in high-speed high-crash corridors, such as Busch Blvd. Secretary Gwynn was followed by Kenneth R. Albano, Chief of Police, who spoke about safety efforts on behalf of the City of Temple Terrace. Dr. Robert L. Bertini, the Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research for University of South Florida praised recent activities and stressed the importance of continuing efforts to improve transportation safety throughout the region. The ceremony was concluded by Jonathan Forbes, Chair of the Hillsborough Co. Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, who shared his personal perspective as a bicyclist and safety advocate.
Two pop-up tents with tables were set-up along 56th Street just south of Busch Blvd. Following the press conference, volunteers in one tent conducted quizzes and shared safety information specifically targeted for those who bicycle and walk. The other tent gave volunteers an opportunity to quiz and educate drivers. Bicycle lights, reflective safety bands, and educational materials were handed out to attendees. Individuals who rode bicycles to the event and weren’t wearing bike helmets were also fitted with their very own new helmet.
Keep an eye out for future Walk Bike Drive pop-up tent events along Busch Blvd., Hillsborough Avenue, Park Blvd., and U.S. 19.