Tag: Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Operation BFF: Through the Eyes of Interns

Crosswalk Crackdowns, or “Operation BFF” are one of the most important parts of the Best Foot Forward Program. Along with Education, Engineering and Evaluation, BFF uses Enforcement to further its mission of changing driver behavior. The goal: get more drivers to yield or stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks, thus […]

Road Diets: The Paradox of Traffic Flow

Can narrowing major roads actually make traffic flow better while making the area safer for pedestrians? The short answer: yes. Cutting out lanes from large, traffic heavy roads makes drivers spread out and slow down. Many drivers feel this is counter-intuitive. They think, ‘more lanes means cars can go faster,’ […]

Commissioner Siplin Hears Rio Grande Resident Concerns

Crossing the street shouldn’t mean taking your life into your own hands. But some Orange County residents feel just that way every time they leave their homes to walk to the store. On May 14, Orange County Commissioner Victoria  Siplin met with some of those people, along with Orange County […]

Spring has Sprung: BFF Makes Changes to Reflect New Growth

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 […]

UCF Police Chief’s Message of Caution for Drivers and Peds

“You should never drive distracted, but especially on a campus with a lot of pedestrian traffic.” That’s just one of the important messages from the University of Central Florida’s police chief. UCF police have  been working to make campus safer for pedestrians and cyclists. As part of their campaign, chief […]

Ped Safety’s Unsung Hero: BFF Data Collector Tony Calabro

Tony Calabro walks across the street. A distracted driver slams on his brakes just in time to avoid hitting Tony. The driver behind him does the same. Tires squeal and somebody honks, but Tony makes it across the street. Most people who just experienced such a close call would—and rightfully […]