Educating Longboat Key residents on new crosswalks

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The fire and police department came together to talk pedestrian safety on Longboat Key Tuesday.

Safety for walkers and bicyclists is such a problem, that the mayor is pushing for more education to bring residents up to speed on crosswalk use.

The Florida Department of Transportation's installation of four crosswalks on Gulf of Mexico drive and the flashing beacons due to pedestrian activity has caused much controversy among residents, especially after a man was struck at the walkway near Country Club Shores.

Walkwise Florida, a USF center for urban transportation research program, funded through FDOT, is spending the next 3 Tuesdays in April educating emergency responders and residents.

In this Tuesday's workshop, several fire personnel and police officers heard from the program's project manager in an interactive look at pedestrian laws and behaviors in order to increase pedestrian safety. They were asked questions in a live survey and the responses showed where there is still a need to educate the general public.

More workshop opportunities are available to residents throughout the month.

They will be held at the North Longboat Key Fire Department Tuesday, April 19th and 26th at 10 a.m.