Tag: walkability

Pedestrian Technology: Credible or Questionable?

Engineers are hard at work every day, innovating new ways to make roads safer for walkers. From 3D crosswalks to zombie crosswalk lights, there have been countless attempts to protect all road users. But, not all of these imaginative solutions are created equal. So, we’re reviewing a few technological ideas– […]

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 […]

Media Alert: June 26th Operation BFF in Osceola County

This summer, officers in Osceola County will be on the streets for an Operation Best Foot Forward crosswalk crackdown. On June 26th, plain-clothed deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will be citing drivers who fail to yield for people walking in marked crosswalks. Drivers should always stay alert to […]

RRFBs drive change on Central Florida roads

Imagine you live at the Lancaster Villas Apartments at Lancaster Road and Voltaire Drive. You want to go to the grocery store, or a restaurant or church. The good news: all those things are right across the street. The bad news: that street is five lanes wide and cars often […]

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,’ […]

Can $25 save a pedestrian’s life?

Pedestrian safety doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, the City of Lakeland proved this through one of its most recent crosswalk developments. For just $25 and 30 minutes work, Lakeland has cut the number of crashes involving pedestrians by 60%, according to traffic operations manager Angelo Rao. So, how […]

Orlando Residents Reimagine Robinson St.

Robinson Street—a major east-west corridor—is slated for a much-needed facelift. The Florida Department of Transportation has been working on the study and plan for nearly three years. Robinson Street runs through the heart of Orlando and serves a diverse range of people who bike, walk, ride transit and drive. The […]

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 […]