Best Foot Forward works diligently with local and national media to help spread the message of pedestrian safety and raise awareness of Florida’s driver yield law. Best Foot Forward is happy to set up interviews with partners. Please contact Emily Hanna or Eric Trull at [email protected] or 407.542.6074.
All materials, including logos are available for download for use in news articles and stories.
The Best Foot Forward for pedestrian safety program is administered by the local non-profit Bike/Walk Central Florida (BWCF). Best Foot Forward was created to reverse the conflict between pedestrians and drivers by focusing on one specific behavior change – getting more drivers to yield for pedestrians at marked crosswalks as Florida law requires. More than a campaign, Best Foot Forward is a behavior change-based program designed to improve road safety through consistent and persistent education, high-visibility crosswalk enforcement, and low-cost engineering at marked crosswalks near elementary schools and LYNX bus stops, in urban areas and cross-sections of low and high-speed roads.
Best Foot Forward operates in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties and is the largest pedestrian-focused grassroots coalition in the nation, working with more than 35 local and regional partners. Since launching in 2012, the percentage of drivers yielding to people in marked crosswalks has increased from 17% to more than 52% on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph and lower and 2% to 43% on roads 40 mph and higher.
2022 Dangerous by Design report listing the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA as one of the Top 10 most deadly places for pedestrians in the country.
All press releases are available for download (pdf).
05.06.22 11 Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up to Protect Trail Users
02.19.22 With Higher Risk for Pedestrians with Disabilities, Enforcement Operation Highlights “Inclusive Streets” Practices
11.08.21 End of Daylight Savings Time Triggers a Deadly Risk for Pedestrians
07.24.21 Enforcement of Driver Yield Law Prior to Back to School
03.09.21 Pedestrian Risks Rising on Central Florida Streets – Operation Best Foot Forward this Month
07.02.20 Local Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Crosswalk Crackdown as More Drivers Get Back on Road
Bike/Walk Central Florida Announces New Executive Director: Emily Hanna
03/11/20: Orange and Osceola County team up in crosswalk enforcement to urge caution in light of Daylight Saving Time
02/14/20: Largest Crosswalk Enforcement Operation set for Feb. 18 in Seminole County
11/08/19: Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Kissimmee Police Department Warn Drivers of Crosswalk Crackdown
10/02/19: Media Alert: Seminole County is Putting Its ‘Best Foot Forward’: 17 Partners Join Coalition
10/02/191:Media Alert: Best Foot Forward Launches in Seminole County- Spanish
09/18/19: For Pedestrian Safety Month, Orange County Deputies, Orlando Police Step Up Crosswalk Enforcement
06/26/19: Law Enforcement Target Unsafe Drivers to Protect Children, Seniors
06/19/19: Law Enforcement Target Unsafe Drivers to Protect Children, Seniors
04/19/19: Stopping Distracted Driving: Crosswalk Crackdown Coming to Osceola County
03/24/19: Spring Break Brings Crosswalk Crackdown in Orange County and Orlando
11/07/18: Crosswalk enforcement scheduled in Orange and Osceola Counties as Daylight Saving Time ends
08/15/18: Crosswalk Crackdown Planned in Kissimmee & Osceola County on Wed., August 15
06/13/18: Operation Best Foot Forward – School’s Out and So Are The Cops in Orange County & City of Orlando
04/16/18: Operation Best Foot Forward Begins in Osceola County
02/07/18: Operation Best Foot Forward: OPD and OSCO Hit the Roads in Crosswalk Crackdown
Bike/Walk Central Florida manages and administers the Best Foot Forward program on behalf of coalition partners.