The River to Sea TPO’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program includes a variety of project planning and safety related activities to improve bicycling and walking in our communities. The program considers funding the construction of new projects for sidewalks, bicycle trails and paths as well as promotional programs including bicycle safety for children and distributing bicycle helmets.
The program encompasses the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan, bicycle & pedestrian projects and community safety-related programs.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
The BPAC consists of 26 voting members made up of private citizens appointed by elected officials serving on the TPO Board and non-voting members. Non-voting members include technical staff appointees such as highway and transportation planners, professional engineers, and those technical personnel made available by the various municipalities.
The River to Sea TPO’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan incorporates the existing and planned bicycle/pedestrian networks in the River to Sea TPO planning area.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects
The River to Sea TPO provides assistance to local governments by providing federal funds to help plan, design and build sidewalk and trail projects. The River to Sea TPO uses federal funds to hire consultants to perform bicycle & pedestrian feasibility studies for projects on the List of Prioritized Bicycle/Pedestrian Projects. Federal funds are combined with local matching funds to program projects in the Florida Department of Transportation’s five-year Work Program through the construction stage.
Community Safety-Related Programs
As part of its efforts to develop and expand a network of safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities, the River to Sea TPO has authorized the Bicycle and Pedestrian School Safety Review Study. The primary goal of the study is to provide recommendations for safe, connected and well-maintained pedestrian and bicycle facilities to encourage students to walk or ride bicycles to school. A secondary goal of the study is to encourage planning efforts that include analysis of long-term cost trade-offs related to bicycle and pedestrian safety. A third goal of the study is to provide a general understanding of costs associated with constructing safety improvements.
Bicycle & Pedestrian School Safety Review Study assessments have been completed on over sixty-three (63) elementary and middle schools and new school sites in Volusia County. Assessments have also been completed for seven (7) elementary and middle schools in Flagler County. Additional information can be found at B/P School Safety Studies.
The Volusia County Bicycling Map for the Experienced Cyclist was the first countywide bicycling map. It was completed by the BPAC and River to Sea TPO staff in 2009. The first revised map was published in 2012. The map was developed in cooperation with the Florida Bicycle Association, Florida Freewheelers Bicycle Club, Bike Florida, and local governments in Volusia County. The map is scheduled to be updated in the summer/fall of 2017. The current bike map is available for download at bicycle-pedestrian maps.
The Bicycle Safety Awareness Decal (It’s The Law Decal) promotes Florida Statute 316.083 (1) – a statute that states the driver of a vehicle passing a bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle at a distance of at least 3 feet. Decals are displayed public and private vehicles alike. The decal is available by contacting the TPO or clicking the following link: River to Sea TPO Decal
The Walk and Ride Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Video is a River to Sea TPO project funded by the Florida Safe Routes to School Program and produced by Daytona State College. The video and accompanying public service announcements promote safe practices for walking and biking. English and Spanish versions of the video are available. The videos are available at Bicycle Safety Videos.
The River to Sea TPO conducts Bicycle Safety Awareness Programs. Bicycle helmets are purchased by the River to Sea TPO and awarded by a Bicycle Helmet Promotion Grant from Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Resource Center. The bicycle helmets are fitted and donated to individuals free of charge. The helmets are fitted at public events such as the Port Orange Family Days and Volusia County’s National Trails Day Celebration.
Safe Routes to School Workshop
Florida Safe Routes to School*, administered by the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, provides Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Workshops to interested communities on an ongoing basis. The contact for the STTS program is Emily Suter, the Northeast Florida SRTS Program Coordinator. The workshop provides information on how to advance SRTS in your community.
SRTS Workshops are one-day workshops customized for school teachers, parents, law enforcement officers, recreational leaders, planners, public health practitioners, engineers and PedBike advocates.
Participants walk away from the training with a tool-kit on:
(i) How to plan and support SRTS efforts and how to educate students on safe, comfortable, and convenient walking and biking.
(ii) Classroom Instruction with video components and activities,
(iii) Outside, on-bike and pedestrian skills/instruction, and
(iv) How to fit a helmet and a helmet certification to request free helmets, educational resources, and bicycle lights (law enforcement only) from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Resource Center*.
SRTS Program Manager:
*Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation
- Bike Florida, Inc.
- Bike Safety Guide
- Bike/Walk Central Florida
- Biking West Volusia
- Central Florida Community Traffic Safety Teams
- Central Florida Safe Routes Portal
- Coast to Coast Trail
- Commute Orlando
- Commuting by Bike: Safety Guide & Tips
- Cycling Savvy
- East Coast Greenway
- Florida East Coast Greenway
- Florida Bicycle Association
- Florida Bicycle Law
- Florida DEP Office of Greenways and Trails
- Florida DOT Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Safety Office
- Florida DOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program
- Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation
- Florida Pedestrian/Bicycling Safety Resource Center
- Florida DOT Safe Routes to School
- Florida Safe Routes to School
- Feet Not Fuel
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Safe Routes to School Online Guide
- St. Johns River to Sea Loop Alliance
- SUN Trail Network
- East Central Regional Rail Trail
- USDOT/FHWA Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
- Visit Florida – Florida Trails & Greenways
- Volusia County Trails Program
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