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Community Traffic Safety Teams D7: The Community Traffic Safety (CTST) Program is a multi-disciplined Federal, State and Local Government endorsed program developed to reduce the number of traffic crashes that occur on Florida roadways. The program was created in response to federal legislation (the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1990), which calls for local participation, and solutions to traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities on local roadways. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Transportation and supported by a wide range of community partners.

Armed with carefully developed missions, goals and objectives, the Teams undertake traffic safety-related projects and activities and serve as a resource to any and all communities, local government agencies and roadway users to assist in the reduction of traffic crashes and the related injuries and fatalities on our roadways.

Do the Local Motion Tampa Bay: Free guided walking tours of Tampa’s Downtown

New North Transportation Alliance: The New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA), is a public-private partnership in Northeast Tampa that provides a forum for businesses, local governments, residents, and commuters to address the transportation needs of the area.

Tampa BayCycle: Your SPOKESpeople for all things cycling. Events, regular ride, maps and more.

Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay: Safe Routes to School promotes walking and bicycling to school as a mode of transportation that is fun, healthy and good for the environment.

Pro Bike / Pro Walk Florida

Florida’s Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Resource Center: The Florida Pedestrian/Bicycling Safety Resource Center promotes safe pedestrian and bicycling activities for citizens and visitors, young and old, by providing educational materials and information to advocate groups in the state.

Pedestrian Crash Maps:

WalkSafe: WalkSafe is an elementary school-based program in Florida – created by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine – which aims to:

  1. Decrease the number of children injured as pedestrians,
  2. Increase physical activity,
  3. Encourage the use of walkable environments.

By teaching students our fun and interactive three-day curriculum, in addition to working with schools, communities, and traffic safety partners through our “5-E” model, WalkSafe is able to take a holistic approach in reducing pedestrian injuries, developing safer school environments, and imparting lifelong walk safety skills to the future generations.

National Resources

National Pedestrian Resource Center

Walk Score: Find a walkable place to live

Walkable Communities, Inc

America Walks

National Complete Streets Coalition

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking

National Center for Safe Routes to School

Living Streets

Map My Walk

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Benefits of Walking

Walking is good for your body and mind and especially your heart. A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week—or 30 minutes a day–can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%. This is the same benefit you would get from aerobics, jogging, or other vigorous exercise. The benefits to men are comparable.

Along with its benefits to the heart, walking:

  • improves circulation
  • helps breathing
  • combats depression
  • bolsters the immune system
  • helps prevent osteoporosis
  • helps prevent and control diabetes
  • helps control weight (see below)

Studies have also shown that people are most likely to stick to exercise when it is part of their daily lives. Walking is an ideal exercise for everyone, and most people can take some of their trips on foot—to work, school, the store, church, or the movies. This enables people to incorporate walking into activities they would be doing anyway.