Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Team continues to partner with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) to improve travel conditions for our most vulnerable road users. The Safety Team has developed and is implementing a tactical plan that includes engineering, education and enforcement countermeasures to address prevalent types of crashes.
ENGINEERING – The Team participated in four roadway safety audits to identify short-term, mid-term, and long-term road improvements in high crash corridors.
EDUCATION – The Team identified the need to allocate more resources to safety education. As a result of the team’s efforts, the Florida Department of Transportation has programmed $200,000 in FY 2018/19 to develop supplemental safe routes to school education material geared towards K-8 students. The Team will guide this effort which is set to coincide with a “Be Seen Be Safe” public awareness campaign.
ENFORCEMENT – The Team is coordinating with local law enforcement agencies to target speed enforcement near public schools with an emphasis on Polk Vision’s healthy schools.