What Matters to Orlandoans?

Shaping Orlando’s future has become even simpler!

A new online survey allows any interested stakeholders to have their say in future development of Downtown Orlando. Orlandoans are being asked to give their opinions about what really matters to them. Are you interested in specific public features such as parking, open spaces, and lakes?  Concerned about pedestrian safety? Looking for more community events?  What do you want to see in future of your Orlando? Top priorities have been development of the Orlando city skyline, support for start-up businesses, and continued support for Orlando’s Main Street program. The desired result? To create a clearer picture of what themes people feel should be a part of Downtown Orlando’s identity.

Take the survey here

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The grassroots effort, Project DTO, was conceived to build a roadmap for achieving a new vision for Orlando. Led by the Mayor’s DTO Task Force and Executive Advisory Committee, public outreach is vital to the development of the Community Redevelopment Area.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.  To date, through social media, public events, interviews, and focus groups, a wide variety of stakeholders have shared thousands of impressions and opinions about how a more vibrant Downtown can be achieved.

For more information about Project Downtown Orlando, check out their website: http://projectdto.com/.

Orange County Update Engineering for Pedestrians

To increase the safety of students crossing from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management to the Lake Cay Commons shopping plaza, the Orange County School Safety Coordinator along with other parties like Rosen Hotels & Resorts installed new flashing signs along the crosswalk. As the Rosen area continues to grow, busy streets like University Blvd, demand additional measures to keep the pedestrian community safe. We would like to thank Orange County and Rosen for stepping up and providing critical transportation needs in the Central Florida region.

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Here’s a look at how the flashing signs work:

  • Push the button to immediately activate the warning lights and double check that traffic is yielding. You can now walk to the median where you then push the button again to cross the next lane of traffic.
  • Pushing the button is the only way to activate the warning lights because they are not motion-censored.
  • As always, limit distractions while crossing the street by putting away your phone. Texting and talking in the midst of a busy street is an unnecessary safety hazard. Keep your eyes on the traffic until you are back on the sidewalk.

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Feet Not Fuel

BiketoschoolWhen is the last time your child walked or biked to school? The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) from Brevard County has rolled out the Feet Not Fuel Program, using technology to promote Safe Routes to Schools.

The website gives students 24/7 access to pedestrian safety tips, carbon footprint calculations, resources, and games. Children can earn prizes for the most days walked to school and best pedestrian safety doodle. What a cool way to track your commute to school.

Enforcement is Now in Session!

DSCF8233Attention drivers: today and tomorrow the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the pedestrian yield law around Orange County to the tune of a $164 fine.  That’s what it will cost you if you fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, as required by Florida law.

200,000 little peds went back to school last week and are now crossing the street twice a day.  To remind drivers of this and the important Florida yield law, the enforcement initiative Operation Best Foot Forward includes plain-clothes officers posing as pedestrians crossing at a marked crosswalk.  If drivers don’t stop for the pedestrian, they will be pulled over by law enforcement officers and may face a $164 fine and three points on their driver’s license. Please click HERE to view this week’s enforcement crosswalk schedule and make sure to always yield to peds!

Skateboard Racks – the New Normal

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Along with updated classrooms and crosswalks, Lake Silver Elementary School has added gated bike racks and even skateboard racks to their sparkling new campus. How cool is it to see schools embracing other forms of mobility for our little peds? Did you know that this actually a requirement for new OCPS Elementary Schools?  It’s in the OCPS Elementary School Standards, found here.

The new crosswalks and racks got plenty of use on back to school day, August 18th.  Parent volunteers coordinated to greet students, showing them to the bike racks – conveniently located at both entrances to the school.

The sidewalks near Rio Grande Avenue were flooded with parents and children being directed by Orlando Police Department (OPD) as they crossed the busy streets. A big thanks to OPD and Orange County Sheriff’s Office for enforcing the safety of all!