Tag: Engineering

Take your time – Always look for pedestrians

In a recent Orlando Sentinel column, a local resident shared that they were “ticked off” that drivers were taking too long to drive after a light turns green: “I get super ticked off when people wait 3-5 seconds after the light turns green to move their car usually followed by lollygagging […]

Collab on Kirkman brings welcome changes

Residents and students in the MetroWest area will soon see some new perks thanks to a collaboration between the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Orlando and MetroPlan Orlando.  The Kirkman Road Resurfacing and Off-Street Trail Project will bring 1.9 miles of off-street trail segments to Kirkman Road and […]

Crosswalk Crackdown with OPD and OCSO

The Orlando Police Department (OPD) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) were out this morning to enforce six marked crosswalks across Orlando, reminding drivers that Florida’s yield laws require them to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Decoy officers dressed in plain clothes crossed the street in the enforced […]

Engineering’s important role in designing safer streets

What we are facing…… The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways is at a 25-year high.  In Florida, pedestrian deaths rose 40% between 2009 and 2016. Implementing comprehensive changes that comprise the 3 E’s of Engineering, Education and Enforcement of the law will be pivotal in decreasing pedestrian fatalities […]

On foot, at risk: PED deaths up 46%, according to report

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released its latest status report – On foot, at risk – and, spoiler alert: it’s not good news. The number of people killed while walking has increased 46% since 2009, a staggering jump that is not all too shocking to anyone who […]

Orange County invites bids to help slow down drivers

The invite has been sent, but Orange County isn’t hosting a typical party. Their goal? Slowing down drivers. Orange County recently issued an Invitation for Bids for construction firms to take the lead in the installation of new traffic calming devices. Now you’re probably thinking: calming traffic? Doesn’t Orlando traffic […]

Federal Highway rescinds approval of RRFBs

On December 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rescinded its interim approval of new installations of Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons (RRFB) due to issued and pending patents by the inventor of the RRFB, Stop Experts.  Since FHWA issued the memo, agencies and pedestrian safety advocates have considered the following […]