This trend recently inspired federal Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to host a Tampa bicycle safety summit in order to discuss ways to make the roads safer for the cyclists who use them. LaHood explained to local media that “We think that there’s probably not a better place in America than Tampa to launch a bike safety event.”
LaHood insists that Tampa is unique in its capacity for change. In fostering greater cycling safety locally, Tampa can serve as a model for much of the rest of the nation. The terrain and the climate may attract cycling enthusiasts, but it will be the area’s focus on keeping them safe that will allow them to flourish.
The summit focused on both cyclist education as well as driver education initiatives and priorities. In addition, Tampa’s mayor and other local officials discussed the bike share program that the city will launch in the fall, as well as bike lane and trail development projects.
Tampa can only hope to maintain its cycling culture by prioritizing the safety of those who choose to use bicycles on its streets and trails. The recent summit reinforced Tampa’s commitment to doing just that.
Tampa bicycle safety is important in as we are an urban city. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident call Attorney Mike Hancock for a free strategy session at 813-915-1110.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Tampa bike safety summit features U.S. transportation chief,” Erin Sullivan, April 11, 2013
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013