BFF Newsletter #10 — Second Round of Enforcement Yield Results


Yield for pedestrians: It’s not just the law; it’s a life.
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Best Foot Forward for Pedestrian Safety is a coalition of civic leaders, public safety officials, engineers, educators, transportation planners, advocates and concerned citizens, like you, coming together in Metro Orlando to cut pedestrian deaths and injuries in half through Engineering, Education, and Enforcement.

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Kudos to our Volunteers!

Thanks go out to Peter Gordon and David Overfield who represented Best Foot Forward and Bike/Walk Central Florida at the Azalea Park Safe Neighborhood Health Fair on Saturday, November 3rd. They both put their best foot forward!






Round 2 Success

The Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office just completed another 2-week round of traffic enforcement. Statistics are not yet compiled, but based upon the TV and Radio news coverage, it looks as though many drivers had not yet gotten the word; now they know!




WalkSafe Workshop

Several local elementary educators attended  a WalkSafe workshop held November 7, hosted by Joseph Cormier  and Spring Lake Elementary School. Katie Swidarski (in photograph, with Joseph Cormier), Project Coordinator of WalkSafe, conducted the aftenoon workshop. She was joined by Juanita Black, Executive Director of the Children’s Safety Village and Amanda Day, with Best Foot Forward.



Intersection Facelift

The City of Orlando and Orange County’s Public Works Departments have given several dangerous intersections a safety facelift. In the College Park area, the intersection of Edgewater Drive and Shady Lane has been problematic as seen here in a video from November, 2009. The new crosswalk, on the south side of Shady Lane, is the FDOT special emphasis type, with a brick pattern to match sidewalk accents.  Yield to ped messages and signs will be added soon.



Get Healthy

Healthy Central Florida is a community-based partnership founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. They have several weekly walks in Winter Park (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings), Maitland (Thursday mornings), and Eatonville (Mondays and Wednesdays). Call 407-644-2300 or see here for details.

Hurricane Sandy Relief 

The Children’s Safety Village, which teaches children pedestrian and bicycle safety here in Orange County, has partnered with the Orange County Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund to collect supplies for children who are victims of Hurricane Sandy. Supplies requested are: diapers, wipes, formula, canned and powdered milk, blankets, socks, knit caps, gloves and bottles. Please contact 407-521-4675 for more informaton.

Crossing Guard Recognition

Crossing Guard of the Year (2012) nominations are being accepted until December 14. If you feel that your crossing guard deserves special recognition, or that the entire program serving our local schools deserves recognition, download the application and submit your nominees.


A column listing upcoming organized walks for people of all ages and abilities. If you know of other organized walks coming up, please let us know!

Sat. Nov, 17 2012, 9 am -10:30 am start: 12th AVA and Mid Florida Milers, Walk at Shadow Bam 5K or 10K. More details here.

Sat. Nov. 11, 2012, 7 am  Baldwin Park Half Marathon and 5K. Details here.

Thurs. Nov. 22, 2012, 8 am Baldwin Park Half Marathon and 5K.Tot Trot at 9:15 am. Details here.


Building Design with Pedestrians in Mind

Los Angelos CicLAvia Takes Back the Streets 

GWU School of Business Report on Walk Ups

About the picture in our header: This trompe-l’oeil, or forced perspective, painting of the Peanuts gang adorns a crosswalk outside of Universal Studios: Japan.THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!

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