In the past year, three crosswalks monitored by the Best Foot Forward program in Osceola County have seen significant increases in driver yield rates after the installation of rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFBs).
Spring is known as the season of new beginnings. The days are getting longer and warmer, little green shoots are pushing out of the dirt, soon to become beautiful flowers. In a similar way, the Best Foot Forward Coalition is growing and changing.
When we first planted the seeds of our program in June of 2012, the coalition was made up of groups throughout Orlando and Orange County. With the help of our partners, we started to see real change happening. We could document more drivers stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Five years later Best Foot Forward took another step forward—into Osceola County. The County, the school district and the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud and their respective police departments joined us for an official launch on October 30, 2017.
But we’re not done growing in Central Florida. Where will we launch next? Seminole County (and we’re so excited).
As we look to our future and reminisce proudly on our roots, we decided to make an important change. As our beloved Best Foot Forward program expanded from its origins in Orlando and Orange County to Osceola County and soon to Seminole County, we decided we needed a social media brand reflective of our budding partnerships across Central Florida.
Best Foot Forward is proud to announce that we are changing social media handles from @BestFootOrlando to @BestFootCFL – across all mediums: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. This branding change was decided upon for two reasons: 1) the handle will now match the handle of Bike/Walk Central Florida, @BikeWalkCFL; and 2) most importantly, the new handle will now represent our dedication to spreading our message across all of Central Florida and show appreciation toward our program partners throughout Orange County, Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, and the City of St. Cloud in addition to the City of Orlando.
In the light of this new season, we are taking a moment to smell the flowers, to be proud of our growth, and look forward to continued blossoming to come.
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