BFF Newsletter #11 — Elves, Enforcement, Education, Engineering!

 

 

Yield for pedestrians: It’s not just the law; it’s a life.
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Free monthly pedestrian safety article for you to read or share. Feel free to republish on your website, blog, Facebook page, or newsletter, with proper credit to Best Foot Forward and a link to our URL: iYield4Peds.org

Surprising Aspects of Florida Pedestrian Laws.

Who We Are

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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How You Can Help

 

Elves Needed!

We have an upcoming community event, the 60th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1st, and are looking for you to put your best foot forward. We need some walkers and bicyclists to accompany the New Hope For Kids, in advance of their Dec. 8th Holiday Bicycle Ride. Email [email protected] or call 407-412-5980 if you can participate.

ENFORCEMENT

Now In Three Languages

La ley es clara: Lalwa se lalwa: The law is clear: The message is the same. The citation flier that Best Foot Forward shares with the public at various community events and schools is now available in Spanish and Creole! If you wish to have Best Foot Forward at an upcoming community event, please call or email us to schedule, and let us know if you need translated fliers.

Media Coverage 

The Orlando Sentinel recently addressed the issue of crosswalk compliance (non-compliance?) on high-speed roadways. WESH-TV   and WFTV-TV  covered the most recent crosswalk enforcement campaign. More photos of the enforcement can be found on the Best Foot Forward Facebook page.

EDUCATION

Spotted in Traffic

Jason Reynolds, Principal Planner, Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division, Orange County Government, spotted one of the iYield4peds bumber stickers recently, and sent us this photo.If you happen to spot interesting pedestrian signs, new crosswalks, or any image showing that the Best Foot Forward message is out there, please send them to us, or post them on Facebook!

ENGINEERING

Safely Getting to Your Destination 

Kevin Miller, Senior Engineering Technician with Orange County, explains changes made to a dangerous crossing at Universal Boulevard south of Destination Parkway. Orange County was requested by the Rosen Hospitality School to review this crossing. Universal Boulevard is five lanes wide, with a 45 mph speed limit. Mr. Miller conducted a 12 noon to 1pm evaluation; 81 students crossed Universal from the Rosen Hospitality School to the shopping center, across a planted median. The median provided some refuge from the cars, but almost no vehicles yielded. This is an unmarked midblock crossing within a tourist corridor. There were 853 conflicting vehicles during the study period. Orange County improved the crossing by providing ramps on either side, a sidewalk through the median, marked crosswalks, advance stop bars and “stop here for pedestrian” signs.  Mr. Miller states that the crossing is still under evaluation, and the County may possibly install larger pedestrian signs. Kudos to Orange County!

AND…

Find a Walk

This website gives you the ability to choose a city and a preferred walking/running distance. It will then give you several routes of varying lengths. The site was tested, selecting Orlando/neighborhood/at least 3 miles. It showed 28 walking routes from 3 to 10+ miles in Orlando, Baldwin Park and Winter Park. You can even make your own map and share it online!

UCF Pedestrian Issues 

A recent BFF newsletter featured the concerns that UCF students have about pedestrian safety on and near campus. Apparently this is not a new issue, as evidenced by this crosswalk video made back in 2007.

Walkabout

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!

Sun. Dec, 2 at  8 am at Lake Eola Park:  Jingle Bell Dog Jog. More details here.

Fri. Dec. 7 at 9:30 am;  Downtown Orlando Historic District Walking Tour. RSVP to Rose at 407-254-3789. Details here.

Sat. Jan.13 at 9 am:  Color Run at the Citrus Bowl. For details, to watch a video guaranteed to make you smile, and to sign up, see here.

Fri. Jan.25 at dusk:  Free moonlight tour of Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando. This tour is held monthly. The January tour may already be full. To sign up for future tours, call the cemetery office at 407-246-2616. For more details, see here.

Headlines

Chicago Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Transportation Alternatives: Vision Zero 

What kind of foot do I have; what kind of shoe do I need? 

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.

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