BFF Newsletter #9 — UCF Concerned About Pedestrian Safety


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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UCF Pedestrian Concerns

The  UCF student newspaper, Central Florida Future, has an article about the dangers of being a pedestrian in Orlando and on the UCF campus. The University uses pedestrian safety speeches, crosswalks and signalized intersections to keep the students safe. But of course, it takes everyone –  drivers and pedestrians alike –  to ensure their safety. Read full article here.


Orange County Schools Accessing WalkSafe

Best Foot Forward is working with the Orange County School Board and the Miami-based program, WalkSafe, to integrate the WalkSafe curriculum into the elementary schools. The School Board has approved WalkSafe as a resource for Grades K-5th grade. Over one third of the elementary schools in Orange County have already registered on the WalkSafe website!

Best Foot Forward Earns Praise

Brad Kuhn, Director of Bike/Walk Central Florida, spoke to members of AARP Winter Park, Chapter #1047, on behalf of Best Foot Forward. The audience expressed their appreciation of his explanation of crosswalk safety and the responsibility of drivers to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. If you are interested in scheduling a speaker for a group, please contact us at 407-412-5980 or [email protected].

Halloween Tips, Tricks and Treats

Halloween can be fun, and it can be scary fun, but it can just be plain scary to parents whose little ones are out Trick or Treating in the dark. Having a good and safe time can be tricky, but having some sensible guidelines for your young ones will keep it a treat. Read here.


Another Round 

The Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force Oct. 30-Nov.2 and Nov. 6-8 at several locations. If you get the chance, thank the officers for helping make our streets safer for everyone. And remember, iYield4peds!


Terminology and Principles 

The New York Bicycling Coalition put together a comprehensive report which includes engineering design terminology and principles for pedestrians and bicyclists.


Racewalking in Apopka

Orange County Parks System has racewalking “classes” for all ages every Sunday morning (8:05 am) and Monday evening (5:00 pm) at Magnolia Park in Apopka.The group, led by Janine Campbell, usually walks a half-mile loop, working on various aspects of the race-walking form. For details see here.

Volunteers Needed

Azalea Park SAFE Neighborhood is holding a health fair Saturday, Nov. 3 at Azalea Park Elementary School from 9am to 1pm. We need a volunteer or two who can set up a table and share information about Best Foot Forward.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 for either event, please contact Marianne at 407-412-5980 or  [email protected] .

Social Justice

Nearly 90% of families with an income less than $25,000 can ill afford to maintain a vehicle. Others may have physical or other reasons that they cannot drive. Communities that do not provide sidewalks and crosswalks create an unsafe environment for those without a vehicle.These people may choose to engage in unsafe walking practices or stay home. The lack of choice in transportation creates an inconvenient and socially unjust barrier to mobility.


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. 27, 2012, 8 am: Runnona 5K. Register here.

Fri. Nov 2, 2012, 9:30 am to 11 am: Downtown Orlando Historic Walking Tour. Please call Rose at 407-254-3789 to RSVP. For more details or to download a printable tour see city website

Sat. Nov 10, 2012, 9:00 am: Walk Now for Autism Speaks, at Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs. More details here.

Sat. Nov .17, 9:00-10:30 am start: AVA and Mid Florida Milers, Walk at Shadow Bay, 5K or 10K.  For details.


Developers Flock to Walkable Urban D.C.

Summer Safety Tips Good Year Round

China Uses Crowdsourcing for Cyclists and Pedestrians

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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