Month: October 2013

Texting Ban – What About Peds?

The recent ban on texting and driving brings hope that fewer fatalities and accidents will occur due to distracted drivers. Starting October 1, a new law made texting while driving a secondary offense in Florida, meaning drivers will be ticketed if they are pulled over for other infractions. While the dangers […]

Happy Healthy Kids Fair Share Ped Dangers

Orlando City Commissioner Sam Ings and local Orlando residents were out in full force at the Happy Healthy Kids Fair at the Charles Smith Community Center. When it was time to talk pedestrian safety, the kids, parents and teens in the room all said getting hit by a car is considered the […]

Orlando Stands Out: Ped Skybridge

Did you hear the news?  A pedetrians skybridge just arrived at a convention center near you — specifically the Orange County Convention Center. The new Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge, which opened Sept. 20, connects the Rosen Plaza hotel to the Orange County Convention Center.  It makes Orlando the only city with […]

Makeover for South Semoran Boulevard

The 2.3 miles along South Semoran Boulevard – between Colonial Drive and Curry Ford Road- just got a friendly face lift.  Before this corridor was an eye sore but now it’s been improved with the addition of 8-foot-wide sidewalks, upgraded areas compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, center medians […]

WalkSafe on News 13

Check this out. News 13 featured how OCPS elementary schools are encouraging pedestrian safety through the k-5 WalkSafe curriculum that teaches kids about: crossing streets, crossing intersections, walking near traffic, school bus safety, and parking lot safety with the purpose to turn this knowledge into an automatic response in behavior. Second graders […]

OPD and OCSO Safety Alert: Look out for Pedestrians

Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office Conduct a Series of Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Actions in October With Halloween right around the corner, Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and Orlando Police Department (OPD) will be deployed throughout county to enforce pedestrian traffic laws for three days, starting Tuesday, October […]

Great Street Design Benefits Peds and Businesses

Imagine a bustling street shared happily and safely by peds, cyclists, cars, and buses alike. The new Urban Street Design Guide issued by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) brings that vision one step closer to reality because it urges urban planners to focus on five principles which […]

3 FL Projects Awarded TIGER Grant Funding

There is good news and bad news. The good news is DOT announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of the approximately $474 million from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant. Three Florida communities were awarded funds. Congratulations goes to Lee […]

21 is the Magic Number

That’s right.  Best Foot Forward is expanding.  When the Triple E program launched in May 2012, the City of Orlando, Orange County, MetroPlan Orlando and LYNX targeted 15 marked crosswalks to be piloted for yield rate improvements.  With targeted enforcement, education outreach and low-cost engineering, yield rates improved from 12% […]