GEICO Road Safety Bicycle Tour

04 Apr 2013 11:01 AM | Anonymous
South Florida Represented in the 
"Survive the Drive" GEICO Road Safety Bicycle Tour

Our very own EBC president, Xavier Falconi was selected and will
 be representing Everglades Bicycle Club in the Geico Road Safety Bicycle Tour starting April 8 until April 11. Doing 100-125 miles per day, over the course of four days. The tour will take 17 Florida cyclists from Orlando to Tallahassee. Follow the team on tour on EBC Twitter and on Facebook, as they spread road safety awareness to all.


PRESS RELEASE
Miami, Florida- April 5, 2013: South Florida Represented in the "Survive the Drive" GEICO Road Safety Bicycle Tour.

Next week, April 8-11, marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual "Survive the Drive" GEICO Road Safety Bicycle Tour, organized by the Dori Slosberg Foundation in collaboration with the Florida State University Police Department.

The purpose of the tour is to spread road safety awareness for all. Along the journey, the tour will make stops at major Florida colleges and universities to hold press conferences and road safety fairs to spread the word about driving, cycling, and pedestrian safety.

Five South Florida cyclists were selected be a part of the seventeen person riding team. Dr. Michelina Witte, Founder of SeeMeInTheDark.com, Xavier Falconi, President of the Everglades Bicycle Club, Cristina Ramirez, Blogger at TriathlonMami.com and Maria Luisa Hoover Director of the Miami Ride of Silence were selected as riders, and Michael Hoover Coordinator of the Miami Ride of Silence was selected as a crew member. All were chosen based on their commitment and local advocacy efforts for road safety.

They will spread the word of their dedication to road safety by riding together from Orlando to Tallahassee equating to approximately 100-125 miles per day, over the course of four days. This is both a challenging and rewarding experience for these individuals due to their inspiring passion for keeping our roadways safe.

"It saddens me that Florida is consistently ranked as the #1 state in the nation for pedestrians and cyclists hit by cars, with Miami-Dade consistently being ranked among the top three metropolitan areas for these types of tragic, and oftentimes fatal, crashes.” Says Mickey Witte. By being involved in road safety advocacy such as the GEICO ride we are able to bring awareness to issues that directly impact us as citizens as well as every other person in our community who wants to walk, bike or drive outside without fearing for their lives.”

The road safety fairs held at each press conference stop along the way will involve several interactive activities including: crash test simulators, fittings for bicycle helmets, free safety gear, and informational booths distributing information about how to become more aware of the roadways while being a defensive driver.

Press conferences held during the week will highlight prominent figures from the respective communities and universities and the state of Florida. There will also be several student representatives speaking about how roadway safety impacts their lives.

The safety fairs and press events will be held at the following locations:

Monday, April 8 - University of Central Florida
Tuesday April 9 - University of South Florida
Wednesday, April 10 - University of Florida
Thursday, April 11 - Florida State University and Press Conference at The Steps of the Old Capitol (Noon)

All events are free for all ages and open to the public.

Special thanks go to the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the police departments at the Florida State University, University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, as well as local agencies.

For additional information please visit: www.dorislosberg.org. “Like” The Dori Slosberg Foundation and the Florida Road Safety Week The GEICO Road Safety Bike Tour on Facebook. Follow @TheDSFoundation on Twitter. Visit the Geico Cycling Channel on YouTube.
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