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A grassroots initiative is providing innovative pedestrian safety education to the citizens of Florida.  Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone.  We are all pedestrians at some point during our day as we walk for any purpose.  Whether walking through a parking lot after shopping, walking from home or work to a vehicle, walking for exercise or simply walking to enjoy a beautiful Florida day, you are a pedestrian.

The WalkWise campaign provides an informative, free 30-minute presentation with time for discussion to anyone living or working in select Florida counties. WalkWise Florida is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Meet the WalkWise Team

Julie Bond, Project Manager

Julie Bond is the project manager for WalkWise Tampa Bay and a  Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida.  Julie has led several successful safety initiatives in the Tampa Bay area including Tampa BayCycle and BikeSmart Tampa Bay.

An avid cyclist and runner, Julie is committed to supporting and encouraging pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Tampa Bay area.  Please contact her at to discuss pedestrian safety in your community.

Brentin Mosher, Outreach Specialist

Brentin Mosher is a native Floridian from the Tampa Bay area. An alumni of Zephyrhills High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration. He is currently a Project Support and Outreach Specialist at CUTR in the Transportation Demand Management department, where he promotes not only pedestrian safety, but also cycling, carpooling and car-sharing.

Karen Kress, WalkWise Presenter

Karen is a certified urban planner and league cycling instructor serving since 2003 as the Director of Transportation and Planning at the Tampa Downtown Partnership. An avid cyclist, Karen co-founded and remains co-chair of Tampa BayCycle, a regional cycling education, advocacy and encouragement campaign.

Ric Hartman,  WalkWise Presenter

Richard Hartman joined CUTR at the beginning of 2015 after working for eight years as a city planner (AICP) in Florida, where he sat on MPO Technical Advisory Committees and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees. As a Research Associate, he works on issues identified in the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Program, while also teaching urban planning courses at the University of South Florida. Richard is an accredited member of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A), a member of the Speakers Bureau for the National Coalition of Complete Streets, and an avid trail runner.

Lucy Gonzalez Barr, WalkWise Presenter

Lucy Gonzalez Barr joined as a WalkWise presenter in 2013. She is also the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Tampa Bay.  As part of Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay she encourages parents to form “walking school buses,” in which groups of children and adult leaders walk or bike to school together to encourage healthy behaviors and safety.