We wish to thank the City of Orlando, the Orange County Commission, MetroPlan Orlando, the Winter Park Health Foundation, Orange Cycle, David’s World Cycle, and Track Shack for their financial support of the Florida Bicycle Association and Bike/Walk Central Florida. The Best Foot Forward pedestrian safety initiative,through education, enforcement and engineering, continues to educate pedestrians on safe crossing behaviors and increase the percentage of cars yielding to pedestrians in Metro Orlando — the first steps toward our goal of reducing pedestrian deaths and injuries by 50 percent over the next five years.
Kudos, as well, to the citizens of Winter Garden, their City Commission and the Orange County Commission for working together to find a good solution to, and funding for, an unsafe intersection (details below). Congratulations to all for showing us good government in action.Together we are making our streets safer and more civil for all users.
International Walk to School Day
Several Orange County public schools participated in International Walk to School Day on October 3rd. Parents, students, teachers, elected officials and volunteers took to the sidewalks early Wednesday morning. School Board Member Christine Moore walked to Clay Springs Elementary in Apopka and Mayor Howard Schieferdecker walked to Dommerich and Maitland Middle School. At Lake Whitney Elementary in Winter Garden, City Commissioner Bobby Olszewski and Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd announced plans for a new roundabout at the heavily traveled intersection of Windermere Road and Roberson Road. More details on the roundabout here.
The Orlando Police Department will schedule another round of crosswalk enforcement next month. With the education and enforcement campaign in full swing we should see fewer stops and citations.
Several decorative crosswalks were recently installed in Pine Hills at various intersections near Silver Star. Students at Evans High School should have a safer walk to and from school. Look for details of a community event November 12!
The City of Orlando and Baldwin Park have added a new crosswalk at General Reese Parkway – another example of good government working to keep us safe.
Reasons to Walk and Bike: More Money in Your Pocket
Did you know that it costs nearly $8000.00 per year to own and operate a sedan? According to a 2004 AAA report and the US Census, owning a vehicle takes about 18% of your income! According to the League of American Bicyclists, the cost to own and operate a bicycle is about $120.00 per year. And walking……it’s free!
Central Florida VegFest
is coming back to Orlando and so is the Bike/Walk Central Florida Bike Valet. If you plan to attend this celebration of vegetables and vegetarian food on Saturday, Oct. 27th, park your bike at the free Bike/Walk bike valet (donations accepted!) and we’ll keep an eye on it while you walk and talk and eat and gawk. The event will be held at Orlando Festival Park from 10am to 6pm. If you can volunteer, please contact Marianne at 407-412-5980, or by email, [email protected]
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. 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.
Sat. Oct. 20, 2012, 9 am: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk of Metro Orlando, at Lake Eola Park. Sign up here.
Thurs. Oct. 25, 5:45 pm: Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk and food drive, to end childhhood hunger, at Baldwin Park. Register online.
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