Florida Bicycle Association awards are presented to worthy recipients for their contributions to bicycling. The purpose of the awards is to bring attention to the efforts and achievements of groups, organizations and individuals that help shape our vision for all Florida bicyclists to be safe, respected and encouraged to bicycle for transportation and recreation.
This past Spring, District Seven received the Florida Bicycle Association 2015 Supporting Agency of the Year Award. Becky Afonso, the executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association, was on hand at D7 headquarters to present the award to Secretary Steinman and the hardworking team who made it all possible. She had the following to say about the many efforts of the district in regards to bicycle and pedestrian safety:
“The Florida Department of Transportation adopted Complete Streets policy nearly two years ago. Complete Streets policy rights the admitted wrong of auto-centric design by addressing the needs of every road user: motorist, cyclist and pedestrian. District 7 has embraced this policy from the start.
District 7 has held not one but three Cyclovia’s – open street celebrations – that have shut down major road thoroughfares to motorized traffic to allow the public space to be enjoyed at the speed of people.
A highlight for District 7 in 2015 was the dedication of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail in Pinellas County, signifying the completion of a 15-20 year project. This trail quickly became its own destination for both cyclists and pedestrians.
Through the efforts of the Department’s Safety Office, District 7 holds the unique honor of being the first District to conduct the Walk Wise program, the first district to focus on positive reinforcement through the High Visibility Law Enforcement program and hosts 3 of the 4 Department safety coalition meetings at the USF Center of Urban Transportation Research.
The Florida Bicycle Association is pleased to present FDOT District 7 our 2015 Supporting Agency of the year award.”