Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety



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

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.

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 regard 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.


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

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


Program Contacts:

Trenda McPherson, State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager

Edith Peters, Traffic Safety Program Manager

DeWayne Carver, State Complete Streets Program Manager

 Mary O'Brien, State Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator



District Champions for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety:

FDOT District One Champion:

Deborah Chesna, Growth Management Coordinator

FDOT District Two Champion:

Cody Ko, Traffic Safety Program Engineer

FDOT District Three Champion:

Michael Lewis, Traffic Safety Program Engineer

FDOT District Four Champion:

Mark Plass, District Traffic Operations Engineer

FDOT District Five Champion:

Stephanie Moss, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator

FDOT District Six Champion:

Ken Jeffries, Transportation Planning Manager

FDOT District Seven Champion:

Peter Hsu, District Safety Engineer

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:




For more information on Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program, please contact Trenda McPherson @ (850) 414-4025
For more information on Florida's Highway Safety Grant Program, please contact Edith Peters @ (850) 414-4043



Page updated: September 11, 2020