BFF Newsletter #4 — Pedestrian Responsibility


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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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Welcome to your Best Foot Forward for Pedestrian Safety community newsletter. You are receiving this email because you have either specifically requested it, or you are part of our coalition — by virtue of your position in the Central Florida community or direct contributions of time, talent or treasure. Suffice to say, we’re glad you’re here, and THANK YOU! for your support.

Pedestrians Are Responsible Too

With all of the focus on drivers yielding at crosswalks many people have asked, “But what about the pedestrian? What about jaywalking?” The Florida Pedestrian Law Enforcement Guide addresses jaywalking: “This commonly used term does not appear in traffic codes. It is generally understood to mean crossing a road in a manner that violates traffic law especially (1) crossing mid-block between two adjacent signalized intersections and (2) entering an unsignalized crosswalk when an approaching driver is so close as to make it difficult for him to take evasive action.”  According to Florida law, pedestrians must be as responsible as drivers and are expected to practice safe crossing.  A complete explanation of these may be found in the 25-page guide.

WP Mayor’s Sole Challenge-A Walk With Soul!

Which community has the most sole? – Yours if you bring the most walkers! Come to this fun 30-minute family-friendly walk in Winter Park.  A 1.5 mile scenic walk is great for kids, grandparents and everyone in between. There will be FREE food, music from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Choir and lots of fun! Saturday, October 6 at 8:00am at The Stage in Central Park – 236 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789.

Crossing Guard Etiquette Clarification

Orange County Crossing Guard Coordinators have asked for clarification of our previous article on crossing guard etiquette. Crossing guards have the students press the walk button and crossing guards verbally call the students out, without using hand signals. Students are not allowed to go into the crosswalk when the countdown flasher gets too low for safe crossing, and the crossing guard returns safely to the corner. Guards never stay out in the crosswalk when the light turns green for the vehicles.  Crossing guards do not direct traffic.

What is the Dinky Line?

Now that Orlando has opened that part of the urban trail called the Dinky Line, many people have wondered where the name comes from. In 1889 the Orlando-Winter Park rail line was opened. The line was six miles long and took  thirty minutes to get from Orlando through Rollins College to a small dock at Ollie Avenue. The train was notorious for being tardy and for jumping the tracks. The train was so small, though, that the passengers could pick it up and continue on their journey. In its heydey the Dinky Line made up to eight trips daily for a mere fifteen cents. With the advent of automoblies the need for such transportation waned, and the final tracks were removed in 1969. For more information and photographs, check the Winter Park Public Library website here.

Reasons to Walk or Bike: pollution reduction

Now that the weather is beginning to cool off this is a good time to consider walking or biking to the post office, the grocery store or your favorite local coffee shop. Not only will your body thank you, but your lungs (and ours) will, as well. According to a walking info website  and the EPA, motor vehicles transportation is responsible for nearly 80 percent of carbon monoxide and 55 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions in the U.S. A short four mile bike trip or walk keeps about 15 pounds of pollution out of the air.


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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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