WalkWise Tampa Bay provides innovative safety presentations

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WalkWise Tampa Bay provides innovative safety presentations

WalkWise Tampa Bay is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to citizens. Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone. We are all pedestrians at some point during our day.

The WalkWise campaign provides a free interactive 30-minute presentation with time for discussion to anyone living or working in select Florida counties. Through the use of clickers, attendees are asked about their knowledge of traffic safety laws, safe behaviors, and perceptions of walking and bicycling in the Tampa Bay area. At the end of the presentation, attendees take the pledge to be safe and pass along their new knowledge to others. Everyone who attends also gets a free reflective backpack or bicycle light. To date, WalkWise Tampa Bay has delivered over 2,600 presentations and more than 40,000 residents have taken the WalkWise Pledge to become ambassadors for walking, bicycling and driving safe.

WalkWise Tampa Bay is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation District 7.

Request a safety presentation for your group here
Take the safety pledge here
See the list of Ambassadors here


  1. Gerald Paulison says:

    Pedestrians; use crosswalks and obey signals. Drivers; amber means prepare to stop not accelerate.

  2. Bob Sawallesh says:

    Tampa Student: “…I am scared to walk to school.”

    by Robert F. Sawallesh, US Army, Retired, USF Family Member

    On Bruce B. Downs Blvd the main entrances / exits to the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, USF Medical Library Staff parking lot and the iQ Student Luxury Apartments are at one of the most dysfunctional / potentially dangerous intersections in Tampa, Florida. Urgently needed are traffic signals, crosswalks, turning lanes and modern street lights.

    USF students run and skateboard across this intersection. School buses travel through this intersection. Active duty military wounded and injured are treated at this Veterans’ Hospital. 

    You may help make this intersection more safe by signing the petition, anonymously if you like. Google: . Petition has over 24,000 views.  See video of this dangerous intersection, go to YouTube and search “Sawallesh.”

    Signer 578 quote:  “I live at iQ Student apartments, and it is very scary having to make that U-turn, and  I am scared to walk to school.”

    Signer 491 quote: “One of the worst, most dangerous entry/exits to a hospital I’ve ever had to use. I must visit 2 to 3 times a month, and it is certainly unsafe. Please fix it!”  Nearly 700 signers! Thank you!