Mar
01

Safety Performance in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, 2021

20181025_114322 FDOT and MPO conduct Road Safety Assessments

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use outcome-based planning for five safety measures:

  • Number of fatalities
  • Rate of fatalities
  • Number of serious injuries
  • Rate of serious injuries
  • Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries

The MPO adopted their first targets for the 2014-2018 five-year rolling average on January 22, 2018. The second targets for 2015-2019 five-year rolling average were adopted on September 24, 2018 where realistic, attainable safety performance targets were set based on historical statistics and projected trends. Additionally, Vision Zero was adopted as a long term goal to be reached by 2045.

The third targets for the 2016-2020 five year rolling average were adopted on January 27, 2020. The actual numbers were higher than originally projected. The MPO Board adopted the same targets as 2015-2019 for number of fatalities and number of serious injuries while using the actual numbers for 2016-2020 for the remaining targets as new numbers.

The unvalidated 2020 data is now available. Based on this data, the actual numbers are once again higher than originally projected and the MPO will not meet some of the adopted 2016-2020 safety targets. The 2020 data will be validated Summer of 2020.

Evaluating how each performance measure has trended, allows the MPO to make a more informed decision in establishing 2017-2021 targets as well as future year targets.

MPOs must set 2017-2021 targets for each of the five Safety Performance Measures by February 27, 2021.

Five-Year Safety Performance Measures Rolling Averages
2017 2021 rolling averages

On Febrary 22, 2021, the MPO Board adopted supporting the Statewide goal of Vision Zero as a long-term goal, each transit agency's respective safety targets, and the 2017-2021 MPO safety targets for the Sarasota/Manatee region.

2017-2021 MPO Safety Targets

2017 2021 Safety Targets

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Mar
01

FDOT celebrates Florida Bicycle Month, encourages safety

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Today, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) kicks off its celebration of Florida Bicycle Month, a time to encourage bicycling and recognize its important role in providing transportation and recreation to millions of Florida’s residents and visitors annually. Governor DeSantis signed an official proclamation recognizing March as Florida Bicycle Month.

“Whether you bike to work or school, or for recreation, everyone has a right to arrive at their destination safely,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “While taking advantage of Florida’s unique scenery and landscape, the department encourages all bicyclists to always be aware of your surroundings, follow the rules of the road, and never ride distracted.”

More people are cycling than ever before, especially in Florida’s beautiful weather. FDOT is committed to reducing crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries involving pedestrians and bicyclists. FDOT has adopted a target of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the state. This initiative is in line with the Complete Streets Policy and Program’s Bicycle Friendly State report card. Florida continues to move the needle forward in this category.

Florida was also named the 10th most Bicycle Friendly State in America by the League of American Bicyclists for 2019. Florida ranked first in the Infrastructure and Funding category reflecting a strong statewide commitment to building a safe bicycle infrastructure. This national recognition is in line with Florida’s commitment to spend $100 million on street lighting for people biking and walking to improve safety.

For safety tips and resources for Florida Bicycle Month, visit www.fdot.gov/bicyclesafety. For more information on bicycle and pedestrian safety, visit www.AlertTodayFlorida.com.

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Feb
24

Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan Posted for Public Comment

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We are excited to announce the public comment period for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is now open. The draft SHSP is posted and available for public comment through March 10, 2021. 

Public comments may be submitted by reading the draft SHSP at https://www.fdot.gov/safety and completing the comment form or emailing comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please share the public comment information with your peers, constituents, and members to ensure this data-driven plan for eliminating fatalities and serious injuries in Florida reflects the Department’s top priority of creating a safe, efficient transportation system. 

Thank you for your support.

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Jan
29

Driving Fatalities Down to Zero in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

20181025_090549 MPO Staff and partners inspect the intersection of 53rd and US 41 during a road safety audit.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use outcome-based planning for five safety measures:

  • Number of fatalities
  • Rate of fatalities
  • Number of serious injuries
  • Rate of serious injuries
  • Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries

The MPO adopted their first targets for the 2014-2018 five-year rolling average on January 22, 2018. These first targets were based on actual data from 2012 to 2016. The 2018 crash data is available and has been used to evaluate and compare the adopted targets with the actual numbers.

The second targets for 2015-2019 five-year rolling average were adopted on September 24, 2018 where realistic, attainable safety performance targets were set based on historical statistics and projected trends. The unvalidated 2019 data is now available. Based on this data, the actual numbers are higher than originally projected and the MPO will not meet some of the adopted 2015-2019 safety targets. The 2019 data will be validated Summer of 2020.

Evaluating how each performance measure has trended, allows the MPO to make a more informed decision in establishing 2016-2020 targets as well as future year targets. This evaluation helps in identifying areas for focused attention to allocate resources and funding to make the transportation system safer.

MPOs must set targets for each of the five Safety Performance Measures by February 27, 2020.

Five-Year Safety Performance Measures Rolling Averages
5 yr roll avg 2020

Vision Zero as a long-term goal and 2016-2020 MPO safety targets for the Sarasota/Manatee region adopted on January 27, 2020:
2016 2020 safety PM adopted targets

 

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Aug
05

FDOT Urges Drivers to Stop on Red

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Bartow– This week is “National Stop on Red Week”, and from Aug. 4 to 10, members of Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition will be reminding everyone to STOP on RED including when making a right turn. The coalition, led by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is a diverse group of stakeholders including federal, state, local, and public partners. The coalition is focused on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

“At the Florida Department of Transportation, safety is our number one priority,” said FDOT State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Trenda McPherson. “The goal of this event is to remind all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to always stop on red. Because safety doesn’t happen by accident!”

FDOT has organized teams to conduct on-street safety outreach. The local effort is occurring August 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of US 41 and 53rd Avenue West.  Other partners participating include the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Manatee County and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

FDOT offers these tips for reducing intersection crashes:

  • When approaching a traffic light, you should ALWAYS be prepared to STOP on RED.
  • After stopping, you may turn right on red ONLY if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and, there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red or an officer directing you otherwise.
  • Always SHARE THE ROAD safely.
  • Pedestrians should always USE THE CROSSWALK and OBEY THE PEDESTRIAN SIGNAL, and even when you have the signal to cross, look twice for approaching motorists or bicyclists before entering the street or intersection.
  • Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as motorists. You should always obey traffic signals and ride predictably, WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

Created by the Federal Highway Administration, “National Stop on Red Week” aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running, and to help reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.

Media inquiries, or for more information about Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition, please contact Trenda McPherson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) or to interview NCSR President Melissa Wandall, please contact 941-545-3359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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May
21

Full Traffic Signal to be Installed at U.S. 301/CR 675 Intersection in Parrish

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Joint effort by FDOT and Manatee County to continue to improve safety

Bartow, FL---The Florida Department of Transportation, in coordination with Manatee County, is planning to install a full four-way traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 301 and CR 675 in the Village of Parrish.

After extensive community involvement and exploring a variety of options, FDOT has determined the best solution to provide a long-term safety and operational benefit for both residents and visitors who travel through the intersection.

In order to facilitate the operation of a traditional traffic signal, Manatee County will upgrade 69th Street from a narrow local road to a wider road that can accommodate the two-way traffic entering and exiting the US 301/CR 675 intersection.

“We are glad to partner with Manatee County to develop a plan that will meet the needs of the community with appropriate traffic control at the intersection, and the necessary roadway improvements,” said FDOT District 1 Secretary L.K. Nandam. 

In addition to widening 69th Street, the county plans to upgrade additional roads in the vicinity of the US 301/CR 675 intersection.

FDOT is working towards finalizing a start date for the installation of the new signal. Once construction begins, motorists may encounter occasional closures, detours and possible delays.  Motorists are urged to obey posted speed limits, pay attention to directional signs and allow for extra travel time.

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