The purpose of Bulls Walk and Bike Week is to educate USF students, staff and faculty on the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety. The Florida Department of Transportation Central office and District 7, MPO, TBARTA, the College of Engineering, USF Police, EH&S, COPH, Bull Runner, Administrative Services, and Student Government support our goals to save lives and prevent injuries on and around campus. This year’s 3rd annual Bulls Walk and Bike Week campaign was held from September 2nd to September 5th, 2014 and hosted by CUTR’s ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety team.
The week before the official campaign, our staff hosts several informational tables around USF Tampa campus. With the influx of new students, our team decided the first week of school would be the most beneficial time to teach students about how to stay safe on campus. This is a great opportunity to engage with students and spread the word about upcoming events and activities. We utilize social media marketing on Facebook to increase awareness and provide general safety information to the public even after the campaign week is over. We are ecstatic to report that our Bulls Walk and Bike Week Facebook page has over 3,000 likes!
Our trademark campaign messages are Walk Wise, Bike Smart, and Drive Carefully. We kicked off the week with a Press Conference and stroll around campus with President Judy Genshaft. Following events included a Complete Streets Open House at the Marshall Center, Walk Wise and Bike Smart safety presentations, a Bicycle Celebration event, and a Cycling Savvy course. We gave away numerous rewards for participation throughout the week including t-shirts, sunglasses, first aid kits, reflective gear, helmets, and ten free bicycles!
The ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety team would like to thank our director, Dennis Hinebaugh fir his full support and thank everyone who participated this year. We are grateful for the opportunity to host a campus-wide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign to raise awareness and make USF a safer place to walk, bike, and drive. Bulls Walk and Bike Week event is a great way to educate students, staff, and faculty on the importance of being alert, proactive and safe. Even though this year’s events have concluded, we hope that you’ll keep practicing the safety tips you’ve learned all year long. Go Bulls!
Check out the Bulls Walk and Bike week Facebook page to stay updated on safety information: https://www.facebook.com/BullsWalkAndBikeWeek