Month: August 2013

$2 Million Grant for Education & Enforcement

NHTSA announced it is making $2 million pedestrian safety grants available for education and enforcement efforts to combat the rising number of ped deaths.  Twenty-two communities were selected to submit and only six communities will be selected.  The Metro Orlando area made this list because ped deaths exceed the national average. NTHSA tells […]

Downtown Development Board Puts Best Foot Forward

There was great discussion on ped safety as BFF co-presented to board members with Sunrail’s Jim Martin. Did you know that the age-old practice of putting pennies or other things on the rail in hopes on flattening them can actually turn them into dangerous projectiles?  Or, that it is a […]

Making Rounds at MetroPlan Orlando

  This month BFF is updating all six of MetroPlan’s boards and committees on progress achieved and asking for input on where to focus future BFF efforts. At the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, they recommended BFF incorporate the White Cane Law through our educational outreach initiatives. The Bicycle & […]

OCSO Zero Tolerance Back to School Policy

BFF partner OCSO released a video with OC Sheriff Jerry Demings announcing the OCSO’s zero tolerance policy for anyone speeding through a school traffic zone. Speeding through a school zone could result in a $500 fine and 4 points on your driver’s license – or worse – injury to a child. Demings […]

OBT Getting Safer, Thanks to FDOT

The Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) has consistently been identified as a high crash corridor for both peds and vehicles, but recent engineering improvements are in place to improve safety for all OBT users.  Raised medians have been installed on OBT from I-4 to Oakridge Rd and from Oakridge to the […]

Go Mayor Jacobs

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs also had a special message for OC residents on back to school safety.  She gathered some great safety tips for parents and students from OCPS and the American School Bus Council. Here are a few you can share with the students in your life: While waiting for […]

Thanks Mayor Dyer

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer made sure to highlight ped safety as students headed back to school on August 19. Mayor Dyer wrote a Facebook post reminding everyone to put their Best Foot Forward by watching out for students walking to school and slowing down in school zones. Mayor Dyer also reminded his […]

Watch Out for Student Walkers and Bike-Riders

As 185,870 OCPS students started school on August 19, the topic at the most recent Orange County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) meeting was stats on ped and bike crash incidents for individuals ages 5-19 from 2010-2013 in Orange County. John Rogers, Civil Engineer from the city of Orlando Public […]