Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-222

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 8, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    March Is Florida Bicycle Month

    HCSO is celebrating by increasing public awareness and conducting high visibility patrols focused on bicyclists.
    • Thursday
    • March 1, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    March is Florida Bicycle Month:

    With all the cars and trucks  on our roads, it is easy to overlook those using pedal power on Hillsborough  County Streets. When it comes to bicycle safety, HCSO is laser focused and wants to make sure everyone gets home safely regardless of their mode  of transportation.

    In conjunction with Florida Department of Transportation and their "Alert Tonight, Alive Tomorrow" campaign, HCSO is celebrating  Florida Bicycle Month in March by increasing public awareness and conducting high visibility patrols focused on bicyclists.
     

    "This is about education and safety for our two wheeled friends," said Traffic Corporal Kristy Udagawa. "They are just as important as everyone else on our streets, but they are far more vulnerable to get hurt or injured, so we want to make sure everyone is looking out for bikes and bicyclists are making sure they know how to be seen."

    Crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than any other types of crashes. They don't have the protection of an automobile, no seat belt and no airbag. Many of these crashes occur at night when visibility is low, which is why Alert Tonight Florida was developed.

    Instead of a ticket, Deputies will be handing out bike locks and high visibility bike lights to help the rider be seen.  If they are already doing well at maintaining bicycle safety, they may just get a Chick-Fil-A gift card as a reward.  They will also get information to remind pedestrians and cyclists to make themselves visible when walking and biking at night.

    Through May 15th, Deputies will be rotating through the most active and danger prone areas for bicyclists to promote this bicycle campaign. 

    • Fletcher Avenue between Nebraska Avenue and Bruce B Downs Boulevard
    • Waters Avenue between Himes Avenue and Sheldon Road
    • Hillsborough Avenue between George Road and Sheldon Road
    • Sheldon Road between Linebaugh Avenue and Hillsborough Avenue

     
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