FDOT To Highlight Bicycle Safety With A Ride To The Capitol

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News Release: FDOT

Tallahassee – On Friday, March 21st, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a bicycle ride to promote safety: The goal of the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Ride for Safety is to remind motorists and bicyclists to follow all traffic laws and to Share the Road safely. Alert Today Alive Tomorrow is a comprehensive approach to reduce crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities to pedestrians and bicyclists on Florida’s roadways.

The group bicycle ride will start at 9:30 a.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium’s Unconquered Statue on Langford Green. The route will lead downtown to Waller Park (the Duval Street entrance to the Capitol) with a press photo opportunity, then return to Langford Green where a bicycle will be awarded to one lucky participant. The ride is free and open to the public. All riders must wear bicycle helmets and obey all traffic laws during the ride.

Between 2008 and 2012, 530 bicyclists died in traffic crashes on Florida roads and highways, and 3,792 were seriously injured. Bicycle fatalities and serious injuries have increased from 858 in 2008 to 1,038 in 2012. 1 in 20 traffic fatalities is a bicyclist.

FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “With springtime approaching, visitors and residents are riding bicycles to commute to work, for exercise, and for pleasure. The Florida Department of Transportation wants to remind everyone to be safe. Obey all traffic laws and Share the Road. Remember to be ‘Alert Today Alive Tomorrow’ Because Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident.”

FDOT is dedicated to driving down fatalities on roadways and protecting vulnerable road users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.

For more information visit www.AlertTodayFlorida.com and see attached proclamation.

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