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Second Annual Bulls Walk and Bike Week, September 2-5, 2014

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Second Annual Bulls Walk and Bike Week, September 2-5, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (August 21, 2014) – The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) has received support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Traffic Safety Office to conduct the third annual USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week educational campaign.

The week-long campaign will take place across the USF Tampa campus September 2-5,2014, promoting awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety with reminders to Walk Wise, Bike Smart, and Drive Carefully. The scheduled events for the week include the following highlights:

·        Tuesday, 9/2/14 @ 12pm – Kick-off event and press conference at the USF Marshall Center. Scheduled speakers include:

o   Dr. Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida

o   Ms. Trenda McPherson, State Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, FDOT State Safety Office in Tallahassee

o   Mr. Mark Sharpe, Hillsborough County Commissioner, Chairman

o   Mr. Ramond Chiaramonte, Executive Director, Hillsborough County MPO

o   Mr. Frank Chillura, Mayor, City Temple Terrace

o   Mr. Jean Cocco, USF Student Body President

o   Ms. Lori Marable, Bicycle/Pedestrian/Public Involvement Coordinator, FDOT District 7

·        Tuesday, 9/2/114 @ 12:30pm – Walk with the Bulls event – Join USF President Judy Genshaft on a walk around the beautiful USF Tampa campus.

Florida was ranked #1 for pedestrian fatalities per capita in the U.S. in 2010 & 2011. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts). In 2012, Florida had 14,683 pedestrian and bike related crashes, resulting in 13,471 injuries and 589 fatalities. In 2012, Hillsborough County alone saw 591 pedestrian and 497 bicycle related crashes resulting in 539 pedestrian and 470 bicyclist  injuries as well as 33 pedestrian and 13 bicycle fatalities. Also in 2012, 32 pedestrian and bicycle related crashes within a 1.5 mile radius around and including the USF Tampa campus. The goal of this event is to promote safety to not only pedestrians and bicyclists, but to motorists as well, with the hope of bringing these numbers closer to zero.

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The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a

Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures,

according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual

budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic

Conference.

The College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is ranked at #72 among public institutions by U.S. News &World Report’s 2015 engineering graduate school rankings. The college serves 4,600 students offering

ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in seven programs, as well as eleven master’s and nine doctoral degrees.

The College is actively engaged in local and global research activities with foci on sustainability, biomedical engineering, computing technology and transportation and for the fiscal year 2013-14 had $30.5 million in research

expenditures. There are 124 tenured / tenure track faculty and 80 instructors and research faculty.

Kelly Douglass

USF Center for Urban Transportation Research
813-974-8879
KSDOUGL2@cutr.usf.edu

 

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