For Immediate Release: August 16, 2018
TPO Board Members, Elected Officials Celebrate First Day of School
Local City of Melbourne elected officials, Brevard Public Schools staff, the Melbourne Police Department, Commissioner Curt Smith, and Rep. Thad Altman celebrated Croton Elementary School's first day of school by welcoming students back with claps, cheers, and high fives. Amazing to see such community spirit!

Gillette Takes the Lead as New Executive Director for Space Coast TPO
In April 2018, Georganna Gillette was officially recognized as the new executive director for the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO). Gillette began her career at the SCTPO in August 2010. Over the past eight years, she served as the Transportation Program Manager. She was responsible for the development of annual project priorities and the programming of state and federal transportation funding. She also served as project manager and oversaw the bicycle/pedestrian program.

Gillette started her career in transportation in 1992 at the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Structures and Facilities Office in Lake City, where she assisted in consultant project management of the District’s complex and local government bridge inspection. She later transferred to FDOT’s Orlando Urban Office to assume a planner position. Here, she was introduced to the world of transportation planning and metropolitan planning organizations. All of these professional experiences have contributed to the foundational knowledge of her career in transportation which she will now use to lead the SCTPO.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to engage our elected officials and foster intergovernmental coordination in a meaningful way,” stated Gillette. “In Spring 2019, we will be visiting local Brevard councils where we will discuss each jurisdiction’s and agency’s political needs and nuances. Brevard County has complex transportation challenges and we need to continue to balance investment in critical infrastructure with local needs.”    
Video Feature : Do you know the bus arm stop rules? Take a few minutes to check out Brevard Public Schools ' video on how to follow the rules of the road.
Apply Now! Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy
The rapid pace of change with new mobility services is having huge implications for the safety and convenience of people walking or biking. City staff working on automated vehicles or permitting new, dockless bicycle share systems need to be on the same page with their colleagues who are redesigning streets to improve safety for everyone. That’s one reason why our Smart Cities team at Transportation for America is joining forces with the National Complete Streets Coalition to help communities put their stated commitment to safety into practice.

The Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy will work with teams from three cities to build the skills necessary to create safer, slower streets, including proven safety countermeasures, tactical urbanism, and community engagement. Participants in this free technical assistance opportunity will also learn about how emerging smart city technologies can help prevent crashes and save lives—creating places that are safer for everyone.

The Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy will culminate with a physical demonstration project in each community designed to improve safety (see examples from the last Safe Streets Academy here ).

Applications are due by Sunday, August 19 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Apply now .
News 13 Features Quest Elementary's Tandem Bike Story
Last school year, Quest Elementary’s vision teacher purchased a tandem bicycle for vision impaired students, so that they could experience the Bicycle Safety Education unit during PE class.

News 13 's Greg Pallone highlighted this story in his recent article
"Brevard School Helps Visually Impaired Students Ride Tandem Bikes. " 

Community Event Spotlight : Ride with Jim in PSJ/Titusville - register today for the event on Wednesday, August 29th, departing from the Titus Landing Transit Stop.
FHWA, FDOT to Host Roadway Departure Countermeasures Workshops
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) and the FDOT Safety Office will be hosting two 1.5 day Roadway Departure Countermeasures workshops as part of the Roadway Departure Safety Program.

The Roadway Departure Safety Program provides important information for transportation practitioners, decision makers, and others to assist in preventing and reducing these severe crashes. A roadway departure crash is defined as a crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line or a center line, or otherwise leaves the traveled way. From 2014 to 2016 an average of 18,779 fatalities resulted from roadway departure, which is 53 percent of all the traffic fatalities in the United States. 

To effectively prevent RwD crashes and fatalities, FHWA's RwD efforts are guided by a plan that involves implementing countermeasures that address RwD crashes.

The Roadway Departure Countermeasures workshops are limited to 30 attendees each and will be held on the following dates and times:
 
August 21-22, 2018
FDOT District 7 Headquarters    
11201 N McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL
               Day 1: 8 am - 4:30 pm
               Day 2: 8 am – 12 pm
 
August 23-24, 2018
FDOT District 3 – Midway
17 Commerce Blvd
Midway, FL
               Day 1: 8 am - 4:30 pm
               Day 2: 8 am – 12 pm

Social Media Spotlight : School is in session. SLOW DOWN when driving through school zones. Play your part in the safety of our communities. Stay alert, put it down, and just drive #ChildSafetyFL   #321B2SSafety
FDOT to Hold Public Meeting - RE: Eau Gallie Blvd. Corridor Study
On Thursday, August 30, 2018 , the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a public information meeting for proposed improvements to S.R. 518/Eau Gallie Boulevard from S.R. 513 to S.R. A1A . The proposed improvements are to enhance the multimodal opportunities along the corridor including bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and transit access. 

The hearing will be held at the Indian Harbour Beach City Hall Council Chambers (2055 S. Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937) and will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a public comment period. The purpose of this meeting is to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the proposed improvements.

Read more about the Eau Gallie Blvd. proposed improvements.
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Calendar Items
Meetings
  • August 22: Community Traffic Safety Team Meeting

TPO Outreach Events
  • Aug - Sept: Head Start Pedestrian Safety Program
  • August 23: Manateee Elementary's Wellness Night
  • August 30: FDOT Eau Gallie Public Meeting
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