The Situation: Metro Orlando – Tops List as Most Dangerous Place for People Crossing the Street
On average, three pedestrians are injured every day in the Metro Orlando area (defined as Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties) and one is killed every week. – Dangerous by Design 2016
Why does the Metro Orlando area top the list as most dangerous?
Many factors, including post-WWII urban planning and road design, distracted drivers and high-speed roads, contribute to Metro Orlando’s status as “most dangerous for pedestrians.” Another factor contributing to the dangerous situation is that walkers aren’t common in Central Florida. Only 1.2 percent of people walk to work, so drivers aren’t looking out for them. Sound strange? Well, the New York City-Northern New Jersey-Long Island metro area is home to the highest number of people who walk to work and is considered one of the safest regions for pedestrians. The lack of Central Florida walkers coupled with the automobile-oriented design of wide roads creates a challenge for people walking and driving.
Partners in the Best Foot Forward coalition joined forces to do something about the situation. The BFF coalition is working to 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
The following PDF document identifies Best Foot Forward crosswalks measured; number of high-visibility enforcement details conducted by Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Kissimmee Police Department and St. Cloud Police Department; number of citations and warnings by crosswalk; the average driver yield rates; and cumulative driver yield rate average by year.
Orange County Crosswalk Observations
In Orange County –
- On roads 35 mph or lower, only 17% of drivers yielded to people in crosswalks. In 2018, that number was closer to 58%.
- Only 2% of drivers in Orange County were yielding to people in crosswalks on roads with speeds over 40 mph in 2012 – now, that number hovers around 43%.
Osceola County Crosswalk Observations December 2018
In Osceola County –
- When BFF launched in 2017, 39% of drivers on roads 35 mph and lower were yielding to pedestrians. In 2018, that number increased to 43%.
- On roads 40 mph and higher, 38% of drivers were yielding to people in crosswalks in 2017. One year later, the average is 40%.
Interested in joining the BFF movement? Please contact Shelby Villatoro at 407-636-5606 or via email at Shelby@bikewalkcf.org.