Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety


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Safety Is Our Highest Priority 

The Florida Department of Transportation’s goal is ZERO traffic fatalities. Why? Because we believe that EVERY LIFE COUNTS! That’s why every effort is being made to ensure the safety, mobility, and accessibility of all road users regardless of mode of transportation, age, ability, or socioeconomic status.

With transportation security issues becoming more complex, it’s important that we maintain our focus on the comprehensive application of education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency response countermeasures. This combination has proven to be the most effective method of crash mitigation and fatality reduction nationwide.

Visit www.AlertTodayFlorida.com  to learn more about Florida’s Focused Initiative to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety.

 


Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP) and Coalition

Updated in October 2021, Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan (PBSSP) is the state's five-year comprehensive implementation plan to drive down traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists through goal-oriented decision-making, data-driven investments, and strategic resource allocation.

The PBSSP supports the Florida Transportation Plan, Florida's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and Florida's Highway Safety Improvement Program. 

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Program Contacts

VACANT, State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager
Edith Peter, Traffic Safety Program Manager
Edith.Peters@dot.state.fl.us
DeWayne Carver, State Complete Streets Program Manager
DeWayne.Carver@dot.state.fl.us
 

 

The Goal of the PBSSP is to:

  • Advance data collection, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Establish clear priorities that guide the implementation of safety strategies towards areas with the highest representation of traffic crashes resulting in fatalities or serious injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Eliminate pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes on public roads by decreasing the number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries based on the five-year rolling average as established in the State Highway Safety Improvement Plan and/or Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Florida’s focus on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists is a dynamic and coordinated effort that includes many individuals and partners. Implementation of the PBSSP is guided by the Statewide Champion for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety.

 

 

District Champions for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

 

FDOT District One Champion:
Deborah Chesna, District Pedestrian Bicycle Planning Coordinator
Deborah.Chesna@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Two Champion:
Cody Ko, Traffic Safety Program Engineer
Cody.Ko@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Three Champion:
Michael Lewis, Traffic Safety Program Engineer
Michael.Lewis@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Four Champion:
Mark Plass, District Traffic Operations Engineer
Mark.Plass@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Five Champion:
Stephanie Moss, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
Stephanie.Moss@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Six Champion:
Ken Jeffries, Transportation Planning Manager
Ken.Jeffries@dot.state.fl.us
FDOT District Seven Champion:
Ginger Regalado, Bicyclist & Pedestrian Program Manager
ginger.regalado@dot.state.fl.us
 

 

 

The comprehensive application of education and enforcement combined with engineering and emergency response elements has proven to be the most effective method of crash mitigation and fatality reduction.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition is a diverse group of federal, state, local, and public partners, and stakeholders are charged with implementing goals, objectives, and strategies within the PBSSP. Those are broken out into the following seven emphasis areas:

 

  1. Data, Analysis, and Evaluation
  2. Law Enforcement
  3. Driver Education & Licensing and Legislation, Regulation & Policy
  4. Planning, Design, and Operations (Engineering)
  5. Communication, Outreach, and Education
  6. Emergency Medical Services
  7. Vision Zero Florida

Each Emphasis Area is led by a Goal Leader who is charged with directing the implementation of key strategies to drive down traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

High Visibility Enforcement for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Alert Today Florida’s High Visibility Enforcement Program is designed to increase awareness of, and compliance with, traffic laws and regulations that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on Florida’s roads. 

High Visibility Enforcement is a traffic safety approach designed to educate on safe driving, walking, and biking behaviors and to increase compliance with traffic laws. The goal of this data driven enforcement program is to reduce traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provides funding for contracts to law enforcement agencies in priority counties to conduct high visibility enforcement operations in areas with the highest representation of traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. High visibility enforcement funds are intended as a crash mitigation tool. High visibility enforcement details are designed to reduce unsafe behaviors of all road users, including motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. 

If your agency is interested in participating in this high visibility enforcement program, click here to submit an application https://alerttodayflorida.com/HVE

Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. If you have any questions about the high visibility enforcement program please contact us at ped.bike.safety@iptm.org.

Highway Safety Grants

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 Sheriff’s Association 
Florida Police Chiefs Association
FDOT Complete Streets Implementation
Florida Bicycle Association
National Coalition for Safer Roads
Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
PEDBIKESAFE: Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
 

 

For more information on Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program, Chris Craig @ (850) 414-4009

For more information on Florida's Highway Safety Grant Program, please contact Edith Peters @ (850) 414-4043

 

Page updated: March 24, 2022