Dekova Batey


Dekova Batey

Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Coordinator
City of Gainesville

My job responsibilities: Address the functional operation of a municipal program; staff a multi-agency advisory board; provide education and encouragement outreach events, presentations, training's, certifications, coalition collaborations, information, advertisement & resources for area projects and programs relating to bicycle and pedestrian matters.

Why I joined the Coalition: I have volunteered in my community to encourage teen driving safety with providing free trips to the Florida State Capitol for the annual Dori Saves Lives Teen Safety Summit to learn about ways to better support teen driver safety and appreciate the work the Coalition does to further this type of mission. Also wanted to introduce bicycle and pedestrian safety as a form of important teenage driving education that is sometimes not realized.

Hobbies or areas of interest outside of work: I enjoy working to make my community better as a volunteer for many community agencies and groups.

What was your favorite song when you were a teenager? Who Let the Dogs Out

What make and model was your first car? Chrysler Le Baron Station Wagon

What has changed most about driving from the time you were a teenager to now? Driving is now less of a function to just access a location, and has become an experience with so many opportunities and options that it undermines the simple journey. Speed and distractions are the focus.

The one tip I would give any new teen driver would be: Take as many supportive Driver's Education classes/workshops/trainings as you can. Could save lots of money on many levels.