From the Florida Department of Transportation:
To actively promote pedestrian and bicycle safety at the University of South Florida and its surrounding area, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF has obtained approval from the FDOT Traffic Safety Office to conduct the first ever USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week: Walk Wise, Bike Smart, and Drive Carefully educational campaign.
The campaign will take place on the USF Tampa campus, Sept. 10-14. USF President Judy Genshaft, FDOT District 7 Director Jim Moulton, and Hillsborough MPO Executive Director Raymond Chiaramonte are scheduled to speak.
The scheduled events for the week include:
- Sept. 10, 9 a.m. - Kick-off event and press conference at the USF Marshall Center
- Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. – “Walk with the Bulls” by joining campus and area leaders on a walk around the USF campus
- Sept. 13, noon - Bicycle Celebration at the USF Marshall Center
Pedestrian and bicycle safety is a very important issue, especially in Florida. Florida was ranked No. 1 for pedestrian fatalities per capita in the U.S. in 2010, based on NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts.
Hillsborough County was ranked third in Florida in terms of the number of pedestrian/bicycle crashes, injuries and fatalities. In 2010, there were 40 pedestrian and bicycle related crashes within a 1.5 mile radius around and including the USF Tampa campus, resulting in 47 injuries and one fatality.
The goal of this event is to promote safety to not only pedestrians and bicyclists, but to motorists with the hope of bringing these numbers closer to zero.