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1 Strategic Highway Safety Plan Focus Area #5-Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Florida Traffic Ed Program

2 Florida DOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan Focus Area # 5 Strategy # 3: Implement a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle traffic safety education component in at least 3 elementary and/or middle schools per year in each district.

3 Fatalities and reported injuries among children 5-14 years old,  State of Florida

4 State Level Support & Money Commitment  FDOT- Florida Traffic Ed Program/mini-grants  FDOT/ 402/163 grants  FDOT/CTST Support for projects  Bike Florida/FBA “Share the Road” mini-grants  FDOH, local injury prevention programs  SAFE KID Coalition, local chapters

5 National Organizations with Similar Missions  Healthy People Reduce deaths caused by unintentional injuries, (especially pedestrian and bicycle related)  National SAFE KIDS Campaign  Active Living By Design  Center for Disease Control and Prevention

6 Florida Traffic Ed Program’s Goal  Reduce injuries to children from bicycle and pedestrian crashes by training them with the knowledge and skills needed to be competent and safe in traffic.

7 Curriculum Programs  Elementary Teacher Training  Middle School Training  Bike’N Ped Driver Ed  Community Workshops

8 Elementary Bicycle Safety Training  Focuses on development of on-bike and pedestrian skills, students in K-5, appropriate for physical education classes  10-hour Teacher Workshop is taught in a day and a half

9 Middle School Training  10-hour workshop for teachers and youth leaders of students in grades 6-8  Curriculum focuses on “Street wise” on-bike skills Personal Health Bike maintenance Community Transportation

10 Bike’N Ped Driver Ed  Teacher and student- friendly materials for driver education classes  Focus on responsibilities of motorists to obey the laws  Etiquette of sharing the road safely with bicyclists and pedestrians

11 Community Workshops  Emphasizes traffic and bicycle safety skills and rules of the road  8-hour one day workshop for community leaders  Teaches how to implement a successful bicycle rodeo

12 Traffic, Bicycle, Pedestrian & Pre Driver Ed Safety Project in Duval County Schools The Traffic, Bicycle, Pedestrian & Pre Driver Ed Safety Project in Duval County Schools

13 Duval County Example  Duval has been able to demonstrate a direct correlation between bicycle helmet education/use and bicycle injuries to children.

14 Duval Co Comparison & Correlation of Bicycle Helmet Usage Rates & Bicycle Injuries Involving a Motor- Vehicle, Fatal & Nonfatal for ages 0-12 Duval County Bicycle Helmet Usage Rate Duval County Bicycle Injury Rate Involving Motor Vehicle, Fatal & Nonfatal (Per 100,000 Pop.) Table 1 Shows a 392.8% Increase in Bicycle Helmet Usage Rate Table 2 Shows a 34% Decrease in Bicycle Injuries Involving Motor-Vehicle, Fatal & Nonfatal Sources: DCHD/TIPPO Annual Observational Survey Studies, U.S. Census Bureau & FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (DHSMV) Crash Data Reporting Agency: DCHD / TIPPO % IMPACT & OUTCOME EVALUATION

15 Local Issues  Childhood Injuries (add your local statistics below)  (To Bicycle/Pedestrian)  In____________County  2002 (or most recent information available)

16 Existing Programs  (add information here, if there are programs in your area)

17 Target Populations and locations  (add local needs based on crash map locations if available)

18 Next Steps: 1. Form a coalition or team to focus on issues of child injury prevention and control 2. Plot crash locations relative to schools and neighborhoods 3. Target 3 schools to begin implementation of traffic ed program 4. Gain support and commitment from School Board & Principals to implement Traffic Ed Program 5. Apply for a 402 grant if needed, see forms /hsgp/hsgpsample.htm

19 Together we can save lives!  Request Training assistance from Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program  Dr. Dan Connaughton, Program Director & Jamie Humphrey, Assistant Program Director    Phone: (352) Ext  Fax: (352)


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