Month: June 2015

Complete Streets’ demonstration project for Corrine Drive

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered great news this week. The city applied for a $30,000 grant to create a Complete Streets demonstration project along the Corrine Drive (and Virginia Drive and Forrest Avenue) corridor. This corridor has been talked about for years, most recently by the Corrine Calming Coalition (C3) and […]

Walkability is pushing businesses downtown

There’s a trend happening – more businesses are moving to downtowns across the country. Smart Growth America recently released a report titled Core Values: Why American Companies are Moving Downtown that discusses why these businesses are moving downtown. One huge factor? Walkability. Businesses are moving to downtowns that are walkable. […]

Ped talk: Monsters in the Morning 104.1

The Monsters are talking peds – and not just once, but on two occasions during June’s enforcement. Unfamiliar with the Monsters, well, they are Orlando’s very popular Real Radio 104.1 morning show hosts, Monsters in the Morning. They blasted both drivers and walkers for being careless – careless to walk […]

Orlando Sentinel: City brightens with switch to 14,000 LED lights

Lighting is crucial to saving pedestrian lives – according to MetroPlan Orlando, lack of lighting is a major contributor to pedestrian fatalities.  Only 20% of pedestrian fatalities occur in the daytime.  The rest occur at night. Thank you, City of Orlando, for getting these changes made that will brighten our […]

22 miles of sidewalks within City of Orlando

Crews are out and work has started on the 22 new miles of sidewalks. Many of the planned sidewalks will fill gaps in the current network and foster connectivity. Others will provide safe routes to schools for children within the 2-mile walking shed. A few to highlight are: Azalea Park […]

24 ped devices in Orange County

Come August, crosswalks in Orange County will see more pedestrian safety devices. Orange County’s Traffic Engineering Department will install 24 new pedestrian devices throughout the county. This comes after the county already installed more than 20 devices last year – along some important roads like Pine Hills Road and on Silver […]

MetroPlan Orlando and Winter Park Health Foundation: First HIA on SR 50

MetroPlan Orlando, Winter Park Health Foundation and the University of Central Florida are conducting the first transportation Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the region, focusing on SR 50 (Colonial Drive). What’s this mean? Well, the assessment will look at how changes along SR 50 might affect people’s health – everything from […]

OPD joined panel of experts about balanced enforcement

Speeding enforcement IS pedestrian safety enforcement. That idea was one of the many highlights from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation webinar on June 18. Orlando Police Department’s (OPD) own Sgt. Richard Ruth spoke as part of the webinar. Other highlights: Drivers and pedestrians both have duties […]