Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety 

Drivers in Polk County hit and kill pedestrians and bicyclists more frequently than drivers in larger and more densely populated counties in Florida. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Team’s goal is to decrease the number of pedestrian and bicyclists injured and kills in crashes. Recognizing changing the culture takes time and commitment, the 35-member Team is comprised of individuals from a wide variety of local governmental agencies, hospitals, K-12 and higher education and private businesses.  The Team has devised a multi- pronged approach to making Polk County a safer place for pedestrians and bicyclists based on Education, Enforcement and Engineering.  In 2019 the Team’s tactical plan was finalized and includes:  1) safety messaging, 2) engineering (including conducting road audits), 3) public outreach, and 4) in-school education.  

The work of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Team has resulted in a new collaboration between the Polk County TPO and Polk County Public Schools to increase educational efforts on the issue of pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition, the Team has aligned efforts with the Infrastructure Team to prioritize sidewalk coverage around Polk County Public Schools. This year a partnership with the School Health Team resulted in a 50% increase in the number of schools participating in the Walk to School events that took place in October of 2018. Goals for the upcoming year include the launching of a Be Seen Be Safe educational effort, to implement additional Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety educational training in Polk County Public Schools and to work with our law enforcement to engage in the High Visibility Enforcement campaign.

 

Marc Zimmerman - Central Florida’s Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing

Chuck Barmby - City of Lakeland

Deborah Chesna - Florida DOT

Jennifer Cipriano - Lakeland Regional Health

Julia Davis - Polk TPO

Taylor Freeman - Florida Department of Health in Polk

Ryan Kordek - Polk TPO

Pam Luce - Polk County Public Schools

Xiomara Meeks - Polk TPO

Edward Mingus - Lakeland Police Department

Theo Petritsch - Landis Evans & Partners

Angelo Rao - City of Lakeland

Bill Skelton - Polk County BoCC

Ed Trail - City of Haines City

Kathleen Wright - Polk County Public Schools