400-Mile Bicycle Ride Highlights Florida Road Safety Tour

Road safety advocates rode their bicycles from Orlando to Tallahassee as part of the third annual Survive the Drive GEICO Road Safety Bicycle Tour.

During the week-long event, participants brought their message of commitment to road safety to students and communities at Florida universities. Eighteen firefighters, police officers, and civilians participated in the strenuous 400-mile ride to bring awareness to the issue.

The tour’s closing events took place on a recent Thursday morning in Tallahassee. Safety fair attendees enjoyed exhibits such as the “fatal vision” station, where goggles simulated the effects of various levels of alcohol intoxication, and received free gifts such as bicycle helmets and fittings.

Following the safety fair, attendees listened to speakers address the crowd from the steps of the Old Capitol.

At noon, police officers rang their sirens to announce that the 18 cyclists had arrived in Tallahassee. Spectators could see them climb the steep Apalachee Parkway as they made their way toward the Old Capitol.

The tour was funded by the Dori Slosberg Foundation, various Florida agencies, and the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.

“The commitment to road safety that has been shown through the riders and through every agency that has participated in this is because of the deadly statistics, especially in the demographic of college students,” said Tara Kirschner, executive director of the Dori Slosberg Foundation. “College students were the focus of this week to make sure that the tragedies on the road, fatalities and serious injuries will decrease through awareness and education.”

The Dori Slosberg foundation is named for the daughter of State Representative Irving Slosberg. She was killed in a car accident while riding without a seatbelt.