For Immediate Release: November 20, 2018
SCTPO Seeks Parent Input on Safe Routes to School
Are you a parent of a Brevard Public Schools student? The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization needs your help to make students’ routes to school safer. Safe Routes to School programs aim to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school and encourage more walking and biking where safety is not a barrier.

Not only does walking and biking to school limit traffic congestion, but studies also show that the exercise experienced by walking or bicycling to school helps students perform better on their school work.

We would like to hear your thoughts on walking and bicycling to school.
 
Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the Safe Routes to School Survey to help us improve your child’s route to school. Your input is so extremely valuable!

Click the button below which will direct you to more information and a page of individual school links.
SCTPO Staff Support Bike Rodeo at St. Teresa's Catholic School
Titusville Fire Department's Life Safety Specialist, Kerri Lubeski, recently led a bicycle rodeo for a class of second graders at St. Teresa's Catholic School in Titusville. The students participated in the safety clinic, which is designed to teach children safety skills and the rules of the road. They practiced coming to a complete stop, looking left-right-left, avoiding hazards, steering tactics, and visual scanning.

Check out this video to learn more about bike rodeos or contact im.smith@brevardfl.gov to set up your own bike rodeo event.
SCTPO Website Sees Visual Redesign, Includes New Features
The SCTPO recently upgraded visual elements of its website to meet the needs of its users. Some new features include a new space for kids to learn about the importance of traffic safety - Kids' Zone, an 'Education' page with resources for teachers and educators, and the site is now mobile optimized.

"Communicating to the public in a simplistic and user-friendly way is one of our top priorities in transportation planning," said SCTPO Public Involvement Officer, Abby Hemenway. "Having our website include these new features and visual elements extends our reach and ultimately, they engage our users in a meaningful way."
Don't let one foolish act ruin a thousand other great ones. Don't drive, walk, or ride impaired. Have a plan before you get to the party. #AlertTodayAliveTomorrow
SCTPO Celebrates East Coast Greenway Visiting Cyclists
Photo Feature : On 11/17/18, the SCTPO, The Coast to Coast Bicycle Company & Playalinda Brewery are teamed up with the East Coast Greenway Alliance for a celebratory Bike & Brew ride. Cyclists enjoyed a 10-mile guided bike ride from the Titusville Welcome Center to the Chain of Lakes Park. The ride celebrated the 2018 Week a Year Tour and Titusville's Trail Town status.
Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Survey Closes 12/10/18
Don't miss your chance to share your input on the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP).

The purpose of this plan is to create a connected system of bicycling and pedestrian facilities that serve the needs of Brevard County’s residents and visitors. Help us understand the bicycle, pedestrian, and trail needs of our county.

Access the survey  here  or click the image on the left The survey will close on 12/10/18.
Space Coast Area Transit Assists Nursing Home Residents in Attending Space Coast Fair's Senior Day
For the last 23 years, Space Coast Area Transit has provided mobility for nursing home residents so they can attend Senior Day at the Space Coast State Fair. As many of them are mobility disadvantaged, they are paired with local high school students for an inter-generational learning experience. The free day included music, games. lunch and all the fair exhibits, some of which included Wolves of the World from Yellowstone National Park, a live shark exhibit, and a magic show. 

According to Giles Malone, Chairman of the Space Coast State Fair and a partner in  Space Coast Daily , “Senior Day is so meaningful for so many people, and Space Coast Area Transit has always been there to support us. Their vehicles are set up for people with disabilities, so participants are transported in comfort. These seniors get treated in a very special way; it is such a joy to see the look on their faces."

"One gentlemen who is a veteran told me that this is the only day of the year that he gets out of his nursing home. He really looks forward to it. There are lots of people like that that feel forgotten; this is a day that we can make them feel like the special people they are. We’re very proud to do this every year, and Space Coast Area Transit’s partnership helps us make it happen,” said Malone. 
Timely Topic: Protect those who protect you. #MoveOver
Nominations Now Open!
2018 Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year
For the 2018 Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year award, three (3) outstanding guards will be chosen from across the state from three (3) different agencies.

You may nominate as many guards as you feel are deserving and meet the criteria. Each nominee will still receive a personal letter and special lapel pin (looks like the S1-1 sign), sent to them via their supervisor. It will not indicate who nominated them, but expresses gratitude for their outstanding service and lets them know they were nominated for this honor. 

To nominate a guard, please follow the link to complete the nomination form: Nomination for Guard of the Year . Deadline for nominations: Dec. 31, 2018

Winners will be honored on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, the first Friday in February, February 1, 2019.
 
Nominations may be submitted via the link above, e-mailed to  cgadministrator@dot.state.fl.us , via fax at 850-414-4221 or mail/deliver to (Attention: FSCGP) FDOT, Safety Office, 605 Suwannee Street- MS #53, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450
Register today! ReThink Your Commute, Titusville Fire Department to Host BPS Staff Bike to Work Day
You're Invited! FDOT to Hold NASA Causeway Bridge
PD&E Alternatives Public Meeting
On Thursday, December 6, 2018 , the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold an alternatives public meeting regarding the project development and environment study to evaluate proposed improvement alternatives for the NASA Causeway Bridge.

The existing bridge was built in 1964 to connect Titusville to Merritt Island. The study will document the need for proposed improvements which may include bridge replacement, and evaluate and document the potential impacts associated with the bridge improvement alternatives to the physical, natural, social and cultural environment.

The meeting will be held at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, Campbell Community Center, Rooms 1 and 2, 701 South St., Titusville, FL 32780. The meeting will be an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Project information will be on display and project representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Mary McGehee, FDOT project manager, by phone at 386-943-5063 or by email at mary.mcgehee@dot.state.fl.us .
Calendar Items
Observed Holidays - SCTPO Office Closed
  • November 22 & 23: Thanksgiving Holiday

Meetings
  • November 28: Community Traffic Safety Team Mtg.
  • December 3: Bicycle Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee Meeting
  • December 6: NASA Causeway Bridge PD&E Alternatives Public Meeting
  • December 10: TAC/CAC Meeting
  • December 13: TPO Board Meeting (FL Room)
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Title VI/Non-discrimination : For questions regarding our civil rights adherence policies, please contact Abby Hemenway, Title VI Coordinator, at abby.hemenway@brevardfl.gov or call 321-690-6890.