In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through the Safe Mobility for Life Program in the State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office partnered with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at FSU to establish a statewide coalition to address the specific needs of Florida’s aging road users.
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition’s mission is to improve the safety, access and mobility of Florida’s aging road users by developing a comprehensive strategic plan to reduce injuries and crashes among this vulnerable population.
Safe Mobility for Life Coalition member organizations include the following. Click on a logo to go to any organization's website.
With a safety grant from the FDOT State Safety Office, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy assists the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition reach their overall goal to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities among Florida's aging road users through the implementation of our Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.
Florida's Safe Mobility For Life Coalition accepted two awards in 2015:
- The Coalition has been selected for the FHWA National Roadway Safety
Award in the Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation
According to the award notification letter, "This award
recognizes the particular benefits of Florida’s Safe Mobility for
Life Coalition and the commitment to roadway safety by your
organization. It places you and your entry in an elite status worthy
of national recognition.” More information can be found
on Page 10 in the
2015 Noteworthy Practice Guide.
This award is only given out every two years and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Roadway Safety Foundation. This recognition is quite an accomplishment to the work being done in Florida to reduce aging road user crashes. This award would not be possible without the time and commitment that both Coalition members and their agencies and offices have given to the program.
- The Coalition also received an honorable mention in the Transportation Research Board’s Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q Public Award. The Coalition was honored with the other winners during TRB's 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on January 12, 2016.
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has developed a very comprehensive Aging Road User Strategic Safety plan to reduce injuries and fatalities for Florida's aging population. We have established baseline data on population, drivers, and crashes by age and are currently developing, implementing, and evaluating resources and programs to help each of our ten emphasis areas reach their goals and objectives.
In December 2012, the Coalition's strategic safety plan was adopted into Florida's Strategic Highway Safety Plan under the At-Risk Drivers Emphasis Area. Through implementation of the Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition member agencies and their partners will improve aging road user safety and mobility in Florida by achieving a five-percent annual reduction in the number of aging road user fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes beginning in 2012 while maintaining aging road user’s mobility and independence which is necessary for enjoying a fulfilling life.
To receive a hard copy of the Plan, contact the Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center at the Pepper Institute.
Read about the Coalition's 2014 Program Accomplishments.
Program Management, Evaluation, and Resources Emphasis Area
Goal: Manage and evaluate aging road user safety and mobility activities to maximize the effectiveness of programs and resources.
Team Leader: Gail M. Holley, FDOT State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office
Outreach and Education Emphasis Area
Goal: Provide information and resources regarding aging road user safety and mobility.
Team Leader: Stefanie Kiedrowski, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
Data Collection and Analysis Emphasis Area
Goal: Provide stakeholders with the best available data to make decisions that improve aging road user safety and mobility.
Team Leader: Shaun Davis, FDOT State Safety Office
Advocacy and Policy Emphasis Area
Goal: Inform public officials about the importance and need to support national, state, regional, and local policy and program initiatives which promote and sustain aging road user safety and mobility.
Team Leader: Laura Cantwell, AARP
Aging in Place Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote and encourage practices that support and enhance aging in place.
Team Leader: Melanie Weaver Carr, FDOT Office of Policy Planning
Assessment, Remediation and Rehabilitation Emphasis Area
Goal: Enhance aging road user safety and mobility through assessment, remediation, and rehabilitation.
Team Leader: Dr. Sandra Winter, University of Florida
Licensing and Enforcement Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote safe driving and mobility for aging road users through licensing and enforcement.
Team Leader: Stacey Payne, Lee County Sheriff's Office
Other Road Users Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote the safe mobility of aging vulnerable road users (pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, and other non-motorized vehicles).
Team Leader: DeWayne Carver, FDOT Roadway Design Office
Prevention and Early Recognition Emphasis Area
Goal: Promote the value of prevention strategies and early recognition of aging at-risk drivers to stakeholders.
Team Leader: Dr. Alice Pomidor, FSU College of Medicine
Transitioning from Driving Emphasis Area
Goal: Bridge the gap between driving retirement and mobility independence.
Team Leader: Fran Carlin-Rogers, Carlin Rogers Consulting
TRIP, a national transportation research group, and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released a report in January 2012, "Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans." In their report, they highlighted some of the work we have been doing in Florida and specifically the work of our Safe Mobility for Life Coalition in our development of this strategic safety plan.
U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, Transportation: A Challenge to Independence to Seniors and Committee Chair, Senator Bill Nelson, mentioned our Coalition in his opening statement:
"In Florida, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has brought together over 20 organizations, agencies and universities to improve transportation safety, mobility and access to Florida’s seniors. In addition to promoting safety for all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and transit users, the coalition serves as a resource on transportation options in each community, connecting seniors with a range of public and private services. We need more coordination like this."
Senator Bill Nelson, 11/6/2013. You can read his entire statement here.
For more information on the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition or the implementation of Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan, please contact Gail Holley, FDOT's Safe Mobility for Life Program Manager.
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Safe Mobility for Life Coalition Promotes Aging in Place Checklist
7/2/14: Safe Mobility for Life Coalition to Conduct Health Care Needs Assessment
6/19/14: Tallahassee Transit is Golden/2014 National Dump the Pump Day
5/16/14: Safety is Golden Mobility Fair in Lake City