U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and FDOT Secretaries Paul Steinman and Billy Hattaway participated in a bike ride through Tampa as part of a bike safety summit. LaHood chose Tampa as a site for the summit because he believes in the area’s potential to change its dangerous history. “We think that there’s probably not a better place in America than Tampa to launch a bike safety event,” LaHood told the Tampa Bay Times.
The bike summit fits in perfect with the statewide FDOT pedestrian and bicyclist campaign “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow.” The department has a goal to reduce pedestrian fatalities by 20 percent by 2018, saving 15 lives per year. To do this, FDOT has a multi-faceted solution that includes Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency Services.
Mayor Buckhorn is very excited about a new bike share program that will launch in Tampa this fall. The program will include 300 bicycles, for rent by credit card, at 30 parking stations around downtown, Ybor City, and Bayshore Boulevard.
Florida does not want to be known for high pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities but rather its beaches and amazing tourist destinations. Thirteen cyclists were killed in Hillsborough County in 2012. In 2013, there have been zero deaths in Hillsborough County.
Pictured Center to Right FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood