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Free bike helmets for kids with hearing loss in New Port Richey listen

06/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: bike, Cycling, hearing loss, Deaf, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida, helmets, bike safety, children, New Port Richey

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Kids with hearing loss can get a free bicycle helmet in New Port Richey on Saturday. The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida will hand out 75 helmets between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Debra Golinski is the director of development for the foundation.

“Because they’re hard of hearing, it’s hard for them to be familiar with their surroundings and really know what’s going on as far as noise or hearing a car coming or someone maybe yelling at them or they don’t hear it. So, we thought ...

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Pedestrian crossing signal could save lives on deadly Florida roads listen

06/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: pedestrian, walking, Cycling, traffic, Transportation, Florida Tax Watch

A new Florida Department of Transportation crosswalk signal is saving lives and taxpayer dollars. During a celebration in Tampa Friday Florida Tax Watch awarded the team that made it.

The Tampa Bay region ranks the second most fatal area in the country for pedestrians.

“We’re one of the leading states. It’s a number one that we don’t want. It averages about 500 pedestrian deaths a year.”

That’s Mark Wilson, traffic operations engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. Ma...

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Coast to Coast Florida bike trail could be getting a funding boost listen

05/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Coast to Coast Connector, Pinellas Trail, Suncoast Trail, biking, Cycling, pedestrian, transit

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Update: on 2 June 2014 Governor Scott signed this bill.

A bike path connecting St. Pete to Florida’s space coast may be getting a $15.5 million boost. State lawmakers passed a bill that would fund some projects along the Coast to Coast Connector planners having been hoping to finish for years.

“It took these people taking a 40,000 foot view to see all these little pieces that were actually on the ground and then they said, ‘why don’t you just connect these gaps?’”

That’s Steve Di...

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New study ranks Tampa Bay second worst in nation for pedestrian deaths listen

05/20/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: pedestrian safety, roads, transit, Transportation, Complete Streets, Dangerous by Design, Cycling

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A 70-year old retired police officer was killed Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle in Clearwater Tuesday morning. Doug Carey was working as a crossing guard at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road. Two toddlers who were passengers in a car that ran a red light were also injured.

A new pedestrian safety study lists the Tampa Bay area as the second most dangerous place to walk in the country. The [National Complete Streets Coalition](http://www.smartgrowthamerica....

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Pedestrian accident in Tampa revives safety debate listen

05/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: pedestrian, Cycling, Lisa Montelione, transit, Transportation, roads, road safety

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A 12-year old boy was struck by a car while crossing Busch Boulevard Monday morning. According to Tampa Police, the Van Buren Middle School student wasn’t badly injured, but the accident again raises the issue of what to do about the growing incidents of pedestrian accidents in Tampa. City Council member Lisa Montelione has been a passionate proponent for changes to Busch Boulevard and other busy thoroughfares that would reduce pedestrian and cycling-related crashes.

“Changing the medians...

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Tampa City Council holds bike workshop to improve cycling safety listen

01/27/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After a rash of nine cyclist deaths on Tampa streets since July, both Hillsborough County and Tampa are working to quickly change the image of Tampa as one of the deadliest cities for bicyclists. The Tampa City Council met this morning to discuss ways of making Tampa a friendlier bike city.

Gena Torres of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization presented ideas to the Tampa City Council that can be established within the year to make the roads safer for both cyclists and...

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Co-op nurtures Tampa bike community listen

05/07/08
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The second meeting of the Tampa Bike Co-op was held Monday at Transitions Art gallery on Columbus Avenue E. Green gearheads with a passion for cycling came together to share skills, tools and parts.

Dave Shapango is a bike courier in downtown Tampa. He dreamt of a cooperative that brought together experienced cyclists with those who wanted more experience.

Lilly Richardson is a co-founder of the co-op. She first started hanging out at Transitions Gallery with her band four years ago. ...

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Tampa begins National Bike Month listen

05/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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May is National Bike Month, and to observe the occasion, more than three dozen cyclists rode into downtown Tampa on Friday.

With gasoline rising toward $4 a gallon, the incentive to ride a bike has never been greater. Just outside of Mayor Pam Iorio’s office, National Bike Month was noted, with dozens of cyclists being a part of the festivities.

One of those cyclists was Bob Glaser, chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. He referred to a local group responsible for the event, T...

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Sustainable Living: Bicycling

03/24/08 Jon Butts and Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Guests were Julie Bond, senior research associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida and co-chair of Tampa BayCycle; Tina Russo, senior park manager, UTB Trail/Suncoast Trail/Town and Country Greenway Trail for Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department; and Alan Snel, founder of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club.

They discussed upcoming bicycle related activities, cycling courses, new urban bike lanes and took calls and emai...

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