March Operations Remind Drivers to Stop for Pedestrians While Reports Emphasize the Dangers in Region for People Walking
As two major reports in March again named Central Florida the most dangerous region in…
One-day international event to encourage families, students and the community to be actively aware of pedestrians and encourage safe walking to and from school.
What: Best Foot Forward and its partner, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), are taking their yearly stand against pedestrian injuries with International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth-leading cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 5 to 19 in the United States. Best Foot Forward hopes Wednesday’s event shall remind children as well as walkers and drivers to be actively aware of pedestrians and encourage safe walking to and from school.
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is a founding coalition partner of Best Foot Forward, the pedestrian safety initiative launched last year to reduce pedestrian crashes by half in five years. OCPS endorses two pedestrian safety initiatives for its elementary schools – a monthly program called Walk-N-Roll and a Sunshine State Standard, compliant K-5 curriculum called WalkSafe teach students safe walking practices.
This year over 40 OCPS schools are participating in walking events throughout Orange County. The media can expect visibility opportunities and Best Foot Forward volunteers at the schools listed below.
Dommerich Elementary School, 1900 Choctaw Trail, Maitland, 7:50 – 8:30 a.m.
Maitland Middle School, Connected to Dommerich Elementary School, 8:45 – 9 a.m.
Blanker K-8 School, 2500 S. Mills Avenue, Orlando, 7:35 – 8 a.m.
Audubon Elementary School, 1750 Common Way Road, Orlando, 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Avalon Park Elementary, 13500 Tanja King Blvd., Orlando, 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Clarcona Elementary School, 8723 Hackney Prairie Road, Orlando
Lancaster Elementary School and Walker Middle School, 6700 Sheryl Ann Drive, Orlando, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Lake Sybelia Elementary School, 600 Sandspur Road, Maitland, 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Lake Whitney Elementary School, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, 8 – 8:30 am
Brookshire Elementary School, 2500 Cady Way, Winter Park, 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Hungerford Elementary School, 230 S College Ave, Maitland, 7:15 – 8:30 a.m.
About Best Foot Forward & Pedestrian Safety in Metro Orlando
Every seven minutes in America, a pedestrian is struck by a car or truck. Nowhere is the problem more severe than in Orlando, Florida, where two pedestrians are injured every day, and one is killed each week. Metro Orlando was ranked by Transportation For America as the “Most Dangerous” pedestrian metro of the past decade. The Best Foot Forward initiative was launched in May 2012 to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries in Metro Orlando by getting drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and getting pedestrians to be more careful crossing the street. More than a campaign, this “Triple-E” behavioral change process seeks to create lasting social good through the consistent and persistent application of low-cost engineering, community education, and high-visibility enforcement.
Best Foot Forward is a coalition of civic leaders, public safety officials, engineers, educators, transportation planners, advocates and concerned citizens. Initiated by Bike/Walk Central Florida under the leadership of former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, spearheaded by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and , the coalition includes Orange County Public Schools, Orange County Government, LYNX, MetroPlan Orlando, Orlando Health Trauma Center, Winter Park Health Foundation, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the City of Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Winter Garden, Apopka, and the towns of Eatonville and Windermere as well as police chiefs throughout Orange County led by Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
The mission is to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths by half over five years. To learn more, visit our program page.