In 2019, Seminole County, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 7 cities, their respective police departments, plus the public schools and health department joined the BFF coalition, more than doubling its size. The Seminole County launch event was held October 2, 2019 at the Seminole County chambers.
The addition of Seminole County and its partners to the Best Foot Forward coalition completed the Metro-Orlando MSA group (Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford).The natural third piece of the BFF puzzle, several high-crash corridors stretch between Orange and Seminole counties, and agencies who track stats by metropolitan areas include BFF’s 3 counties (Orange, Osceola, Seminole). The Seminole partners have been eager from the start to implement the Triple E approach on their chosen crosswalks and increase the number of drivers who yield and stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks.
Each year, the BFF Steering Committees choose a number of crosswalks to monitor and enforce. The steering committees are made of up 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, ones with engineering changes or counter-measures already planned.
Below are the 2020 crosswalks chosen. Click on each crosswalk to see Google Street View.
On October 2, 2019, Seminole’s 16 new partners joined the Best Foot Forward coalition, making it the largest grassroots coalition in the country, focused on lowering pedestrian fatalities and injuries. October 2 was also International Walk to School Day. Several elected officials helped walk children safely to class, before speaking at the launch event in Sanford.
Teamwork was the central message that day, as speaker after speaker stressed the value of working together to make the streets safer for pedestrians. The strength of a coalition was clearly the theme with motivating comments from Commissioner Bob Dallari, Gary Huttmann, CEO of MetroPlan Orlando, special guests Roni Wood and Wendy Goodrich, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, Casselberry Mayor Charlene Glancy, Commissioner TiAnna Hale, Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin, Venise White of the Florida Health Department: Seminole County and Lisa Portelli, Founder and Board Member of Bike/Walk Central Florida.
More than 100 people attended the Seminole County launch and heard the messages from their elected leaders in person. Another 800 watched online.
The message: people’s lives are too important NOT to do something to keep them safe.
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