Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition members and invited guests convened at the FDOT Central Office in Tallahassee, Florida on November 4 and 5 to discuss the statewide initiative towards improving comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety and “driving down fatalities” on Florida roadways. The coalition meeting was opened up by the State Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, Trenda McPherson, and FDOT District One Secretary, Billy Hattaway, with their welcome remarks. Ms. McPherson reported the program’s progress and successes in the past few months, as well as the forecast ahead. There were many informative and interesting presentations during the coalition meeting ranging from various educational programs, public outreach activities, crash investigation training, and media interview strategies, to pedestrian and bicycle safety program evaluation. Many active discussions took place during the Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP) business plan discussion sessions.
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad attended the coalition meeting to welcome and inspire the members to make a difference on pedestrian and bicycle safety in Florida. He discussed the importance of improving engineering efforts and involving smarter planning and zoning. He also stated that he wanted the coalition to “think outside the box” and try new and bold strategies and ideas to effectively decrease fatality numbers and spread awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Also in attendance was the FDOT Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaigns ambassador and public figure, NASCAR circuit driver Scott Lagasse, Jr. He made an appearance to unveil the No. 33 Alert Today Florida / Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet Camaro he would be racing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15th in Miami, Florida.
Overall, it was a very successful and exciting quarterly coalition meeting. The next meeting will take place January 27 and 28, 2015 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.