Last fall, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared the month of October as the first-ever designated national Pedestrian Safety Month. As winter nears and daylight hours lessen, more people will be traveling in the dark, making October an ideal time to increase awareness about pedestrian safety. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay is honoring NHTSA’s designation by creating a month-long public event, the Sprint for Safety 5K Challenge, making pedestrian safety the focus of October as part of its continuing efforts to improve safety for vulnerable road users.
The Sprint for Safety 5K event, hosted by Bike/Walk Tampa Bay, in partnership with Florida Department of Transportation, invites members of the public to participate in a virtual timed challenge. There is an option to run or walk a 5K (3.1 mile) or a one-mile distance. During the virtual event, participants can compete individually or participate in a team; to document walking or running time, participants upload a screenshot from any fitness app to the race’s webpage. Anyone who signs up for the challenge by September 30 and completes the 5K distance during the month of October will receive a commemorative medal.