Fort Lauderdale Receives Share the Road Leadership Award
Bike Florida and the Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) presented the City of Fort Lauderdale with the 2016 Share the Road Leadership Award during the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 21, 2016. Fort Lauderdale was selected for this award for taking a major leap in adopting Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale.
"The courage and conviction the City of Fort Lauderdale has demonstrated by adopting a Vision Zero policy stands as an example for all municipalities in Florida to end fatalities on our public roads. This is the first-ever municipality to be named as our Share the Road Leadership Award recipient and we hope many more will follow," said Becky Alfonso, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association.
"In adopting Florida's first Vision Zero plan the City of Fort Lauderdale has resolved to act aggressively and across many fronts to ensure that its streets and roads will be safe for all users. Bike Florida is proud to recognize Fort Lauderdale's safety initiative with this year's Share The Road Leadership Award. It is well deserved," Ron Cunningham, Executive Director, Bike Florida.
The Leadership Award, which reads, "For setting a bold example as the first municipality in Florida and the southeast U.S. to adopt a Vision Zero policy. The City's ambitious plan, which aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries by employing a broad range of education, engineering, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation strategies," has historically been given to state legislators or mayors who have worked to advance cycling safety in Florida. This is the first time Bike Florida and the FBA have given this award to a municipality.
Left to right: Christine Fanchi, Livability Planner; Becky Alfonso, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association;
Dean J. Trantalis, Vice Mayor; and Diana Alarcon, Transportation and Mobility Director.