With a goal of reducing the high rate of pediatric bicycle injuries in Miami-Dade County, the BikeSafe Program was created in 2009 by Dr. Gillian Hotz at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
BikeSafe targets middle school populations due to their increasing independence and higher rates of cycling-related collision and injury. The program uses the “5E” Model (Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation) endorsed by the National Safe Routes to School Program. BikeSafe’s evidence-based curriculum has been implemented in Miami-Dade County schools and Miami-Dade County Parks since 2011. Though primarily directed to middle school-aged children, BikeSafe’s educational materials are beneficial for riders of all ages.
The program also encourages daily physical activity through bicycling to school and advocates for improvements in bicycle facilities and infrastructure through partnerships with traffic planners and local governments.
Learn more about the BikeSafe Program and access bicycling resources at http://ibikesafe.org/