Seeing proven success in Orange County, the leaders of Osceola County, Kissimmee and St. Cloud stepped up for pedestrian safety. They sought to bring change to their communities through an expansion of the Best Foot Forward coalition.
After a year of planning, Best Foot Forward in Osceola was launched on October 31, 2017. Osceola county has 7 coalition partners working hard to change one behavior: getting more drivers to yield and stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
Each year, the BFF Steering Committees choose a number of crosswalks to monitor and enforce. The steering committees are made up of city and county engineers, planners, law enforcement, representatives from the public schools, the health department and public transit. Crosswalks are chosen based on a number of factors including: ones near schools, LYNX bus stops or SunRail stations, ones in high-crash corridors, ones with a high number of resident complaints, and ones with engineering changes or counter-measures already planned.
Below are the 2020 crosswalks chosen. Click on each crosswalk to see Google Street View.
* Tier 2 crosswalks are monitored but not enforced.
Best Foot Forward launched in Osceola County on October 31, 2017, in the Osceola County Commission Chambers. At a packed house of community leaders, representatives from partner organizations voiced their support of the program during the official launch ceremony.
- Harry Barley, Executive Director, MetroPlan Orlando
- Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, Osceola County
- Mayor Jose Alvarez, City of Kissimmee
- Edward Johnson, CEO, LYNX
- Linda Clarke, Nursing Program Specialist, Florida Department of Health in Osceola County
- Debra Pace, Superintendent, School District of Osceola County
- Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell
- Osceola County Sheriff Russell Gibson
- Amanda Day, Executive Director, Bike/Walk Central Florida
In 2018, Osceola County’s population grew by 22%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With so many new residents and four new SunRail stations that opened in 2018, Osceola County is a great place to implement the Triple E approach to increase pedestrian safety.
Roni Braithwaite-Wood and her son stepped into the crosswalk at Curry Ford and Conway Roads…