There is a new safety push along State Road A1A in Flagler County.
- Friends of A1A organization behind safety initiative
- Effort encompasses pedestrian, cyclist, water safety
- Brochures at Flagler Beach museum, the Pier shop, businesses
The Friends of A1A organization has launched an initiative with the hope of saving lives while people are enjoying the outdoors -- especially during the summer months.
Captain's BBQ restaurant owner Mike Goodman is hoping for a change in his community along A1A.
"I've seen people get hit crossing the road, I've seen bicyclists get hit, I've seen people die in the road," he said.
He is supporting Friends of A1A's "Safety Tips for a Safe Stay Along A1A" campaign.
The campaign covers the 72-mile stretch from Flagler to St. John's counties.
Danielle Anderson said it encompasses pedestrian, cyclist and water safety.
"The more that we can kind of educate folks and let them know, 'Please be aware this isn't a highway you can get on and go the one speed. You've got to be aware of what's going on around you and just to be safe,'" said Anderson, Byway Administrator.
"I've seen people get hit crossing the road, I've seen bicyclists get hit, I've seen people die in the road." - Mike Goodman
Organizers are especially warning against distracted driving and speeding. Goodman said they would like to see the speed limit be dropped to 40 mph instead of 50 mph.
"I know a lot of these people personally, and I'd hate to see them get hurt going across the street here on the bicycle because people are going 55 or 65 Miles per hour," said Goodman.
It took $2,000 in grant money with the help of Visit Florida to get the campaign started.
Goodman believes the awareness that the campaign brings will be worth it.
"It's about a life. We don't want to lose anymore people," said Goodman.
Visitors and residents can pick up the awareness campaign brochures at the Flagler Beach museum, the Pier shop, and local businesses along A1A.