Orange County Sheriff’s Office visits Conway Elementary with ped safety call to action

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) dropped by Conway Elementary on Oct. 27 to remind motorists to 1) yield to pedestrians in crosswalks DSC04218
and 2) follow crossing guard instructions.

OCSO’s ped safety call to action comes on the heels of a series of incidents in school zones across Orange County where motorists not only failed to yield at a crosswalk – but also when a crossing guard was present operating the crosswalk.

Over the past two months, three students and one crossing guard were hit and injured by a motorist.  Two students were injured at Wetherbee Elementary and one at Union Park Middle. The crossing guard was hit by a motorist at a crosswalk near Conway Middle.  Some close calls have also been reported as well as a motorist who yelled at a crossing guard for stopping traffic.

A few tips:

To motorists – Be vigilant and alert. Slow down (especially in school zones and crosswalk areas). Yield to pedestrians.  Follow crossing guards’ instructions.  Be civil.

To people walking especially trick-or-treaters gearing up for Halloween – Be visible. Be alert. Have a safety plan for your walking route. Have a walk buddy or two or three or more.

At the end of the day, we are all peds and must work together to make our streets safer for everyone.

Best Foot Forward attended the event to support OCSO and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) handing out iyield4ped stickers.   We continue to work with OCSO and OCPS to educate Central Floridians on ped safety and increase driver yield rates.

Check out this news story from Fox 35 about the event and pedestrian safety.

 

Southwest Florida symposium talks about why our future depends on walkable communities

winter-park-page-downtown-shops-headerThe News-Press recently shared an article that hit the nail right on the head – Our future depends on walkable communities. They are absolutely right. Traffic gridlock is not the only way of the future, though. By building walkable communities, we can reverse the gridlock and provide residents with a different way to travel – using bikes, walking, hopping on the SunRail, taking the bus. Not only do we make these options appealable, we make them safe.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, at a first-of-its-kind symposium, called “Making Dollars and Sense of Walkable Urban Communities,” residents and business leaders from throughout Southwest Florida, will learn how well they are working and how they can be implemented here. Get more information about the symposium here.

Walkable urban communities symposium

  • When: 8 a.m. to 4 30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
  • Where: Harborside Event Center, downtown Fort Myers
  • Cost: $55 for symposium, breakfast and lunch.
  • For information or to register for event: Go to www.cityftmyers.com/885/Conferences-Meetings or call 321-7100.

Hundreds of Students across Orange County Participate in International Walk to School Day 2015

2015-10-07 08.26.37More than 450+ OCPS students participated in this year’s International Walk to School Day (IWTSD) on Oct. 7. The annual international celebration encourages students to walk to school to raise awareness of both pedestrian safety and the health benefits of walking.

Parents and teachers weren’t the only people that tagged along with students – Winter Park Commissioners Gregory Seidel & Sara Sprinkel, Mayor of Apopka Joe Kilscheimer, and Florida Department of Health Administrator and BWCF board member David Overfield also participated.

Healthy Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation, Florida Hospital and Best Foot Forward staff were on hand to support the festivities and promote the event with local media outlets such as WFTV, News 13, WESH and Fox 35.

Thank you to all of our partners and local supporters who came out to walk or joined in on social media to show support for another successful International Walk to School Day! Check out some great photos from local schools on our Flickr page.