The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) held a bicycle ride to promote safety in Tallahassee. The goal of the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Ride for Safety was to remind motorists and bicyclists to follow all traffic laws and share the road safely. The group ride, which included dozens of cyclists, started at Florida State University’s Unconquered Statue by the stadium and continued downtown to Florida’s Capitol before returning to campus. A bicycle was awarded as a prize during the event.
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “With springtime approaching, visitors and residents are riding bicycles to commute to work, for exercise, and for pleasure. The Florida Department of Transportation wants to remind everyone to be safe. Obey all traffic laws and Share the Road. Remember to be ‘Alert Today Alive Tomorrow’ Because Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident.”
Between 2008 and 2012, 530 bicyclists were lost to traffic crashes on Florida roads and highways, and 3,792 were seriously injured. Bicycle fatalities and serious injuries have increased from 858 in 2008 to 1,038 in 2012. 1 in 20 traffic fatalities is a bicyclist. March is recognized in Florida as Bicycle Month, and a proclamation was signed by Governor Scott.