BFF Newsletter #5 — Surprising Aspects of Florida Pedestrian Laws

 

Yield for pedestrians: It’s not just the law; it’s a life.
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Surprising Aspects of Florida Pedestrian Laws.

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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.

Gainesville Recognized As Walk Friendly

The CIty of Gainesville, FL was recognized this month with a bronze designation from Walk Friendly Communities.  Enforcement practices, complete streets implementation and land development ordinances all contributed to the recognition.  For details about the application process visit Walk Friendly Communities.  For a description of Gainesville’s bicycle and pedestrian program visit the city website.

More details on the Mayors’ Sole Challenge!

Join Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley, Eatonville Mayor Bruce Mount and Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker on Saturday, October 6, for the most fun walk EVER! Bring friends, family, kids and colleagues for a friendly community competition. There are free t-shirts for the first 400 entrants, and other giveaways throughout the event. A morning stroll through Winter Park, free food, health screenings and music from the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Choir…what’s not to love? Please register to participate. The team with the most walkers wins a prize – and bragging rights!

Walk N’ Roll Program 

Orlando County Schools Walk N’ Roll Program is starting up for the new school year. Walk N’ Roll is a monthly program that encourages kids and parents to use transportation other than cars to get to school by walking or riding their bikes or scooters.  The campaign kicked off at Audubon Elementary in Baldwin Park on Wednesday, September 12; over 100 iYield4Peds flyers and bumper stickers were given out.  Walk N’ Roll will continue each 2nd Wednesday throughout the year, at Audubon and other elementary schools. Check here for more details .

Plan Safe Routes to School

School has already begun, but it is never too late to take a good look at current signage and crosswalk effectiveness and to plan for improvement.  The National Center for Safe Routes to School has good information about school walking and biking routes.

Reasons to Walk or Bike: Healthy Heart, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 2,600 Americans die every day from some form of cardiovascular disease. Regular moderate-intensity exercise, together with a healthy diet, may reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 40 to 60 percent.

Physical activity can help prevent:

  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis (thinning bones)
  • Mental health problems such as depression

Walkabout

A new 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!

Fri. Oct. 5, 9:30 am: Monthly Downtown Orlando Historic District Walking Tour, led by Richard Forbes, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of OrlandoFor more details check here . 

Sat. Oct. 6, 8 am:  Winter Park  Mayor’s Sole Challenge at the Stage in Central Park at 236 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. For details please call 407-644-2300 ext.241.

Sat. Oct. 20, 2012, 9 am to noon: 12th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk to benefit SPCA of Central Florida.Billed as the biggest and best pet walk in Seminole County, the fundraising event will be held at Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte. For details about fundraising or the day’s events check the Seminole County SPCA website.

Headlines

London solves texting-injured pedestrian problem 

Proven Countermeasures for Pedestrian Safety

McDonald’s Takes Step in the Right Direction

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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