Month: July 2016

‘Incredible’ bike ride ends with plans for more

Lisa Portelli was in a foreign place the other day, behind the wheel of her car on her way to a business appointment instead of on a bike seat. A board member of Bike/Walk Central Florida, Portelli recently completed a nearly 2,000-mile cycling trip, riding from Portland, Maine to St. […]

Walking and biking on Oak Ridge Rd.

Residents living around Oak Ridge Road between Millenia Boulevard and Orange Blossom Trail (US 441) may be getting a make-over — a “concrete” make-over where sidewalks get fatter, roads skinnier and medians wide enough for bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers. This is all part of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ INVEST […]

Denning Dr. headed in the “right” direction

Speedometers in hand, a host of Winter Park workshop participants explored a small segment of Denning Drive up close and personal in May and saw how motorists tend to drive about 10 mph above the 30 mph posted limit. The City of Winter Park is considering the possibility of narrowing four-lane […]

Orlando walkers, drivers “Ticked off!”

A few days a week, the Orlando Sentinel runs a column full of complaints. Local walkers and drivers don’t hesitate to share their thoughts in this column, named “Ticked Off!” Based on their submissions, here’s something your fellow Central Floridians want you to know: Street lights = visibility = safety. […]

Defensive walking vs. Distracted walking

Here’s the question: Should people who are walking maintain the same degree of focus we expect of drivers? Let’s put it to the test. In this corner, we’ve got: the data. Researchers have found that texting changes the way we walk. Texters tend to slow down, shorten their stride and […]

Cars hitting Orange County walkers, cyclists more often

At least eight bikers and walkers have been struck by motorists fleeing the scene since January in Orange County — four times as many as last year during the same time frame. The top two reasons for racing away from an accident, Montes said, are driver impairment or lack of […]

Can Corrine Dr. become more biking and walking friendly?

Corrine Drive is a pothole-littered, five-lane road that bisects an eclectic community of homes, restaurants, boutique shops and businesses. The problem is many believe the roughly mile-long street is walker and biker unfriendly because it is too wide and often carries speeding cars and trucks. The Winter Park Health Foundation […]

Walkability expert Jeff Speck visits Orlando

Lose weight, save money, help the environment. Those are some of the major benefits of walking, according to city planner, urban designer and author Jeff Speck, who recently spoke in Orlando. Walkability is key to getting people out of their cars and on their feet, Speck said. He defined walkability as […]

Riding a bus makes you healthier

State Road 50 — or Colonial Drive — is not always the most pleasant commute. Congestion. Stop-and-go traffic. Not very bike-friendly or walkable. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been proposed as one possible solution for these commuting challenges. And a recent study conducted by MetroPlan Orlando reports a SR 50 BRT […]