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2nd Annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K Run-Walk-Bike to Benefit Groundwork Jacksonville

 

The 2nd annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports will take runners, walkers and cyclists through beautiful Springfield on Saturday, October 23rd. All proceeds from this event benefit Groundwork Jacksonville, the City’s nonprofit partner in building the Emerald Trail and restoring McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek.

The 5K Bike Ride for Fun begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk/Run takes off at 8 a.m. from Andrew Robinson Elementary School at 101 W. 12th St, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Register here

Jacksonville

FDOT Invests $100 million in Intersection Lighting Initiative


As part of the Department’s vision of achieving a fatality free transportation system, the Department approved the allocation of $100 million over a five-year period beginning in August 2016, for targeted State Highway System Intersection Lighting Retrofits to improve night-time visibility of pedestrians (Roadway Design Memorandum 16-02). The $100 million was used towards retrofitting existing and proposed lighting fixtures to LED fixtures for Intersection Lighting Retrofit projects. The purpose of the Intersection Lighting Retrofit projects is to improve illumination levels at signalized intersections within corridors that have high frequency of nighttime crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities to pedestrians. The lighting initiative combined with targeted education and high visibility enforcement in the top 25 high priority counties in the state have contributed to a downward trend in nighttime pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries.

 

 



Bike to Work Orlando

FDOT District 5 Celebrates Partnership with City of Apopka


On March 4, 2020, FDOT District 5 recognized the City of Apopka for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the success of Mobility Week 2019.


Though this was the city’s first year participating in Mobility Week, Apopka hosted several events to highlight safe multimodal transportation options for seniors, children, and families. Included among these events were a Senior Stroll, a community 5K run and walk event, a pedestrian safety focused Halloween event, and issuing a proclamation in support of Mobility Week 2019. FDOT District 5 Passenger Operations Manager Brenda Young, P.E. presented the recognition to Apopka’s City Council and the city’s Sustainability Coordinator, Nicole Kennedy.


Mobility Week in the News!



Bike to Work Orlando

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Bikes
to Work

The City of Orlando celebrated its 20th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, October 25. More than 200 people joined Mayor Dyer for the bike ride from Loch Haven Park to Orlando’s City Hall. This year’s route included the recently opened Colonial Overpass, which provides a new route for cyclists and pedestrians to access downtown Orlando.


DOH Seminole Bike to Work

Department of Health in Seminole County Bikes to Work

For the second year in a row, the Department of Health in Seminole County co-hosted a Bike to Work Day event on Friday, October 25 in partnership with reThink Your Commute, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation. Donna Walsh, Seminole County’s Health Officer, joined the group ride of 17 riders as they traveled from the Sanford SunRail station to work utilizing the Goldsboro Trail for a portion of their route. The Sanford Police Department and Pedal Driven (a bike shop in downtown Sanford) provided support for this event.


Brake for Art

Brake for Art Bike Tour

Two dozen riders explored public art throughout Orlando on a 5-mile bike ride on Monday, October 28. The participants were greeted by Molly Driscoll of the Orlando Museum of Art, visited the Pulse labyrinth memorial in Colonialtown, and toured the Mills 50 District to view murals, art drains and more. City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan shared the history of the partnerships that were put in place to support the installation of public art.


Multimodal Transp Workshop

Multimodal Transportation Workshop

On Thursday, October 31, more than 100 transportation professionals attended the Multimodal Transportation Workshop to learn about the concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Examples of how MaaS is being applied throughout the country were provided by keynote speaker and national expert Crissy Ditmore. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dan Tracy, formerly with the Orlando Sentinel. The panelists included Mike Hess (City of Orlando), Juan Santos (Tavistock Development Corporation), Courtney Reynolds (former Manager of reThink Your Commute), and Bonnie Epstein (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority).


RLRM Training

Ride Leader/Ride Marshal Training

The Florida Bicycle Association, Bike/Walk Central Florida, and the City of Maitland partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to co-host the Saturday, October 26 Ride Leader/Ride Marshal program. More than 20 people attended this training, equipping them to help lead community bike rides.


Transit Coordinator Workshop

Transit Coordinator Workshop

LYNX, SunRail and FDOT partnered to host a “train the trainer” event on Wednesday, October 30 where participants learned how to use Central Florida’s public transportation options. The training was enhanced with hands-on exercises where participants worked through various transit trip scenarios, toured LYNX Central Station, rode SunRail northbound and returned to Downtown Orlando for lunch on the Link 102 bus! Thanks to all participants and our partners for supporting the event, including LYNX, SunRail, and Ace Café.


Mix-It-Up Challenge

Mix-It-Up Challenge

This year, Floridians were challenged to make a new transportation choice as part of the Mix-It-Up Challenge by pledging to try transit, biking, walking, carpooling, or teleworking. More than 170 people participated, including Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings who rode SunRail to work as part of the challenge.


National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is October 21 – 25, 2019.

The theme for this year is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!”. The National School Bus Safety Week website is: https://www.napt.org/nsbsw. FDOT’s goal is to ensure that students are safe walking to and from, and while waiting for the school bus. The Mobility Week team is proud to support National School Bus Safety Week.


Mobility Week team promotes pedestrian and bicycle safety

Seminole County Mobility Week Team promotes pedestrian and bicycle safety

The Seminole County Department of Health, the City of Longwood and FDOT staff participated in Trunk or Treat Pedestrian Night Safety Event in Reiter Park on Saturday, October 19th. The team shared nighttime pedestrian safety tips with more than 70 families. The team distributed safety related promotional items such as blinkie lights and lighted armbands.


Mobility Week Proclamation with City Council

City of Apopka Proclamation

Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson presented a proclamation to the FDOT Mobility Week team on October 2, 2019. With this proclamation, the City of Apopka has adopted the week of October 25–November 1, 2019 as Mobility Week. The City is planning to host several Mobility Week events, including a Senior Stroll on October 31.


FBA Program of the Year

Mobility Week Receives Recognition as 2018 Program of the year

The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) recognized Mobility Week as the Program of the Year as part of their recognition awards for 2018. Libertad Acosta-Anderson, Mobility Week Project Manager and FDOT District 5 Transit Intermodal Supervisor, accepted the award on behalf of FDOT from Becky Afonso, FBA’s Executive Director.


Special Recognition Awards - NK Nandam

Special Recognition Awards

Special thanks to FDOT District One Secretary L.K. Nandam for his role in elevating Mobility Week from a Central Florida initiative to a statewide initiative.

 

Special thanks to Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), Space Coast Area Transit and LakeXpress for being early partners and champions of Mobility Week. The three agencies were recognized for hosting multiple events throughout Mobility Week.

2019 Space Coast TPO Award
2019 Space Coast Area Transit Award
2019 LakeXpress Recognition Award

2019 Leadership Award

2019 Travel Choices Award Recognizes Mobility Week Leader

The 2019 Florida Travel Choices Awards were presented at the 2019 Florida Commuter Transportation Summit on May 31, 2019. The award for Leadership was presented to Libertad Acosta-Anderson, Mobility Week Project Manager and FDOT District 5 Transit Intermodal Supervisor.

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