Progress: Tracking Yield Rates

The Situation: Metro Orlando – Tops List as Most Dangerous Place for People Crossing the Street

On average, two pedestrians are injured every day in Central Florida and one is killed every week. – Dangerous by Design 2016

Why does Orlando top the list as most dangerous?

Walkers aren’t common in Metro Orlando, especially with only 1.2 percent of people walking to work, so drivers aren’t looking out for them. Sound strange? Well, New York City-Northern New Jersey-Long Island is home to the highest number of people who walk to work and is considered one of the safest cities for pedestrians. The lack of walkers coupled with the automobile-oriented design of wide roads creates a challenge for pedestrians and drivers.

The Best Foot Forward coalition joined forces to do something about this – improve pedestrian safety using the “Triple E” approach of education, enforcement and engineering. Below are recent reports and presentations regarding the challenges and solutions to improve pedestrian safety in the Metro Orlando area, starting with City of Orlando & Orange County.

Best Foot Forward Tracks Progress

by the Percentage Increase of Drivers Yielding to People in Marked Crosswalks

Measured Progress: Compliance of Driver Yielding in Marked Crosswalks Located in City of Orlando & Orange County

Roads 35mph and lower: 2012 baseline – 17%. As of August 2017, driver yield rates average 60%.

Roads 40mph and higher: 2012 baseline – 2%. As of August 2017, driver yield rates average 34%.

PDF Document identifies Best Foot Forward crosswalk measured; Number of high-visibility enforcement details conducted by Orlando Police Department (OPD) & Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO); Number of citations and warnings by crosswalk; The average driver yield rates; and Cumulative driver yield rate average by year.

2017 Progress Report: 10/1/2016-9/30/2017 

2016 Progress Report: 10/1/2015-9/30/2016

To learn more about BFF methodology, the program and evaluation.

Interested in joining the BFF movement? Please contact Barbara Giles at 407-636-5606 or email her at