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Jessi Smith

Jessi Smith is a freelance writer and certified yoga instructor living in the historic, colorful Gillespie Park neighborhood of downtown Sarasota. A Florida native, Jessi spent her childhood exploring the mangroves along the riverbanks of the Manatee River, and to this day refuses to live anywhere that is not within walking distance of a body of water. She received her BA in Art History from Florida International University prior to moving to Sarasota, where she channeled her passion for the arts into a writing career and found yoga to counteract the effects of hunching over a keyboard for days at a time. Today, when Jessi is not writing or teaching, she enjoys traveling, thrifting and indulging in the Bay area’s distinctive culinary and craft brewery scenes.

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Michael Schwaid is an avid cyclist in the Tampa Bay region.

Vision Zero: Tampa bicyclist lives to tell his story after near-fatal crash

A stickler for visibility and safety, Michael Schwaid biked the same route to and from work at the Clearwater Courthouse from his home in Odessa in central Hillsborough County -- for years. But his life changed forever when a car hit him one day in 2016.

Leo Rodgers and former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Vision Zero: Bicycling with local paralympic cyclist hopeful Leo Rodgers

Tokyo 2020? "I want the jersey, I want the medals, and I want to do this for my city. I want to put the whole Tampa Bay Area on my back and represent us, so I've been pushing hard,'' says Leo Rodgers.

Bike Walk Tampa Bay

People, places, perspectives: Sharing experiences at Bike/Walk Tampa Bay

Savvy citizen cyclists, bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates, and transportation planners from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties convene for a pedal-powered meeting of the minds at Bike/Walk Tampa Bay's "People, Places and Perspective'' discussion panel and annual awards ceremony.

 Richard Retting, a consultant with Sam Schwartz Engineering, takes part in Paint Saves Lives.

Hillsborough Vision Zero explores pop-up solutions to protect local pedestrians, cyclists

What's next in the Hillsborough County Vision Zero campaign to reduce local pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries? Painted intersections, street murals, temporary bike lanes and parklets in a neighborhood near you. 

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Are red light cameras working? Florida lawmakers, Vision Zero consider best practices for future

The value of red light cameras is front and center as the Florida Legislature and pedestrian advocacy groups like Vision Zero consider changes that work for everyone.
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