Walk of Silence to Remember Those Killed
This Year in Traffic Crashes in Hillsborough County
Participants will paint and carry a pair of shoes
to honor and signify each life lost on our roadways.
WHAT: Vision Zero Hillsborough invites the public to participate in a Walk of Silence
in memory of the 121 individuals killed in traffic crashes so far in 2018. To signify each life lost, attendees will paint and carry a pair of shoes with them along the walk. The shoes will then be placed on the Tampa Riverwalk where the names of those killed will be read. Brief remarks and ceremony to follow.
WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 | Downtown Tampa
9:30 AM | Shoe Painting @ Poe Plaza (Franklin St. between Jackson and Whiting)
10:00 AM | Begin ½ mile walk to USF Riverwalk Park
10:30 | Remarks, reading of victims’ names, placement of shoes
WHERE: Poe Plaza (Franklin St. between Jackson & Whiting)
Event starts here at 9:30 AM with the public invited to paint shoes
The ½ mile walk — from Poe Plaza to the USF Park on the Tampa Riverwalk (near the W. Platt Street Bridge) – begins at 10:00.
WHY: Because death and injury on city streets is preventable – in other words, traffic crashes are not accidents but the result of one or more factors: unsafe behaviors, dangerous traffic conditions, and unforgiving roadway designs.
CONTACT: Gena Torres, firstname.lastname@example.org, 813-273-3774 ext: 357
Mary Kelley Hoppe, email@example.com, 813-380-6067
BY THE NUMBERS
So far in 2018 (as of October 18)):
• 121 people have been killed in traffic crashes in Hillsborough County
• Of those, 37% or 45 were pedestrians (37) or bicyclists (8)
• The Tampa Metro region is ranked as the 2nd deadliest for pedestrians
Smart Growth America, Dangerous by Design (2016)
About Vision Zero Hillsborough
The #VisionZero movement is working to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes to zero. At the core of the worldwide movement is the belief that death and injury on city streets is preventable – in other words, that traffic crashes aren’t accidents but are the result of poor behavior combined with unforgiving roadway designs. The Vision Zero resolution has been adopted by the Tampa City Council, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Temple Terrace City Council, Plant City Commission, and by the School Board of Hillsborough County.
Vision Zero Hillsborough is hosted by Plan Hillsborough. For more information or to book a presentation, visit http://www.planhillsborough.org/vision-zero/ or contact Gena Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org.