Sidewalk Stompers powers community building and safer pedestrian pathways via school-based walking programs and public advocacy.
Sidewalk Stompers was founded in 2016 by a handful of parents frustrated with hazards their children faced on daily walks to school. Juxtaposed to South Tampa's idyllic, canopy-covered streets and historic bungalows; distracted drivers, obstructed sidewalks, and poor signage threatened what should have been a safe and healthy exercise in community building.
“We’re working to increase sensitivity to, and accountability for, the (preventable!) hazards walkers face on a daily basis.”
— Tim scheu, co-FOUNDER
With the support of the Palma Ceia Neighborhood Association, Sidewalk Stompers started "Walk to School Wednesdays" at Roosevelt Elementary School - a once-a-week walk-to-school routine. Carrying signs handmade by Roosevelt students, we celebrated fellow walkers and introduced a local-business-powered raffle to reward walking families.
Sidewalk Stompers promotes a healthy, pedestrian-friendly, and safe Tampa Bay by encouraging walking and supporting the development of walking infrastructure.
The number of Roosevelt Elementary students that depend upon fitness opportunities and safe pathways to and from school.
Tampa Bay's place in a national ranking of "most dangerous US Metros for Pedestrians." 51 pedestrians were killed in 2015.
That eight of the top 10 "Most Dangerous Metros for Pedestrians" are in Florida is terrifying, but the challenge is even more insidious. When parents feel walking pathways are dangerous, they stop walking. That, in turn, decreases demand to maintain and improve pedestrian infrastructure. making it that much more likely that our kids arrive at school with an excess of calories and unable to pay attention.
If you're a parent at Roosevelt Elementary, try to make walking a more regular part of your routine. If you see a pedestrian hazard in South Tampa, take a picture and share it on the Sidewalk Stompers' Facebook page. If you see a neighbors car obstructing the sidewalk, leave one of our notes on the car windshield. And generally, help us socialize the idea that a more pedestrian-friendly South Tampa is a healthier, safer, and more livable South Tampa.