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Florida’s 2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) focuses on 13 Emphasis Areas which reflect ongoing and emerging highway safety issues.

The SHSP defines a framework for Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan and implementation activities to be carried out by Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition.

SHSP Strategies for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Emphasis Area:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of safety issues and compliance with traffic laws and regulations related to pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Develop and use a systemic approach to identify locations and behaviors prone to pedestrian and bicycle crashes and implement multidisciplinary countermeasures.
  • Create urban and rural built environments to support and encourage safe bicycling and walking.
  • Support national, state, and local legislative initiatives and policies that promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) Bicycle Pedestrian Focused Initiative Leadership Team, facilitated by FDOT District one Secretary L.K. Nandam, Statewide Champion for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, guides Florida's pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts. This team is made up of leaders at the national and state level representing Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency Services.

Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition is a diverse group of national, state, and local partners, stakeholders, and safety advocates that are charged with prioritizing and implementing countermeasures that improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP), updated in February of 2017, is the statewide plan focusing on pedestrian and bicycle safety. The PBSSP supports Florida's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and serves as an implementation guide for Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition.

The PBSSP is organized into six Emphasis Areas:

Data, Analysis, and Evaluation: Collect, analyze, and report quality data to support and enhance transportation related decision making in regards to walking and biking in Florida.

Law Enforcement and Emergency Services: Ensure the state and local safety of people walking and biking through combined enforcement and education efforts of all road users; enhance education of emergency responders regarding key injuries impacting pedestrian and bicycle traffic crash victims in an effort to improve medical response and reduce mortality.

Driver Education, Licensing, Legislation, Regulation, and Policy: Promote and enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety in driver training programs and licensing activities; increase awareness by supporting legislation, regulations, and policies that clarify rights and responsibilities of users and support safe travel behavior.

Highway and Traffic Engineering: Drive the transportation planning and development process towards goal oriented decision making that prioritizes the safety and accessibility of people walking and biking from initial planning through the design, construction, and maintenance stages of all relevant state and local transportation projects.

Communication, Outreach, and Education: Establish clear, consistent, and context sensitive outreach, education, and communication elements that support engineering and enforcement efforts, increases awareness, improves compliance with traffic laws, and calls communities to action.

Program Management: Provide centralized program planning, initiation, and coordination promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety as a part of the comprehensive highway safety program. 

Legislation, Regulation, and Policy: Coordinate with appropriate public and private agencies to support legislation, regulation, and policies that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Emphasis Area objectives focus on capacity, implementation strategy, funding and resources, program evaluation, research, and policy elements. Objectives are data driven. Data is aggregated in a variety of ways and program evaluation methods include both qualitative and quantitative analysis to ensure performance measures are consistently being met.

Program Contacts:

Trenda McPherson, State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager
Trenda.McPherson@dot.state.fl.us
Edith Peters, Traffic Safety Program Manager
Edith.Peters@dot.state.fl.us
DeWayne Carver, State Complete Streets Program Manager
DeWayne.Carver@dot.state.fl.us
Mary O'Brien, State Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator
Mary.O'Brien@dot.state.fl.us

District Champions for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety:

FDOT District One: David Wheeler, Traffic Safety Program Engineer
David.Wheeler@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Two: Jerry Ausher, Traffic Operations Engineer
Jerry.Ausher@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Three: Michael Lewis, Traffic Safety Program Engineer
Michael.Lewis@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Four: Lisa Maack, Passenger Operations Specialist
Lisa.Maack@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Five: Brenda Young, Passenger Operations Manager
Brenda.Young@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Six: Lisa Colmenares, Transportation Planning Manager
Lisa.Colmenares@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Seven: Alex Henry, Traffic Safety Specialist III
Alex.Henry@dot.state.fl.us
 

FDOTs Highway Safety Grant Program awards subgrants to traffic safety partners that undertake programs and activities to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety through the reduction of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from traffic crashes. Subgrants may be awarded for assisting in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety deficiencies, expansion of an ongoing activity, or development of a new pedestrian and bicycle safety program. For more details, please visit: http://www.fdot.gov/safety/3-Grants/Grants-Home.shtm



Resources

Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Resource Center
Florida Highway Patrol
Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Partnership Council
FDOT Complete Streets Implementation
Florida Police Chiefs Association National Coalition for Safer Roads
Florida Bicycle Association Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
PEDBIKESAFE: Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System  
   

For more information contact Trenda McPherson @ (850) 414-4025 or Edith Peters (for subgrants) @ (850) 414-4043