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Best Foot Forward Pedestrian Safety Program

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Local, grassroots pedestrian safety initiative that combines enforcement, education and engineering to measure drivers' compliance with the pedestrian right-of-way laws. Launched in City of Orlando, Orange County Florida and expanding to Osceola and Seminole Counties.

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Best Foot Forward Pedestrian Safety Program

  1. 1. Amanda Day Executive Director Amanda@bikewalkcf.org BikeWalkCentralFlorida.org
  2. 2. Metropolitan Areas Ranked as the Most Dangerous Places to Walk 1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 3. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 2. Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond, FL 4. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL iyield4peds.org
  3. 3. ON AVERAGE: 19 PEOPLE ARE STRUCK BY A DRIVER EACH WEEK 3 INCLUDES ALL CITIES AND TOWNS PEDESTRIANS Crashes + Fatalities 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Counties Orange 636 707 655 638 725 662 Osceola 99 103 145 148 132 127 Seminole 131 136 137 125 146 146 Total 866 946 937 911 1,003 935 Equivalent to two 747 jumbo jets crashing in Central Florida every year Source: Florida Dept. of Hwy. Safety and Motor Vehicles
  4. 4. WHYAREWE THEMOST DANGEROUS? 4
  5. 5. PEOPLE ARE CARELESS 5 CARELESS DRIVING CARELESS WALKING & BIKING CARELESS DESIGN
  6. 6. THE STREETS OF METRO ORLANDO Real-life Game of Frogger iyield4peds.org
  7. 7. iyield4peds.org THE NEED FOR SPEED
  8. 8. THERE’S A LANGUAGE GAP 8 L
  9. 9. 9 Words were coined during the golden age of the automobile, the 1930s thru the 1960s, by the transportation experts THERE’S A LANGUAGE GAP
  10. 10. 10 THERE’S A LANGUAGE GAP We think like drivers because most of us are drivers
  11. 11. Q.WHATAREWEDOINGABOUTIT? Typical Questions
  12. 12. Launch of Best Foot Forward for Pedestrian Safety: June 2012 12 No longer accepting that pedestrian and bicyclist injuries or fatalities are inevitable. PUTTING OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
  13. 13. »Short term objective: increase driver yield rates to 50% on roads posted 35 mph and less »Long term objective: achieve a 5% increase on driver yield rates year over year THE METRICS ; MAKING STREETS SAFER BY GETTING MORE DRIVERS TO YIELD TO PEOPLE IN CROSSWALKS THE PROGRAM
  14. 14. IDENTIFY THE CROSSWALKS TO TRACK DRIVER YIELDING BEHAVIOR • Unsignalized crosswalk • Enforceable • Engineering needs • Geographically dispersed • Close proximity to schools, LYNX bus stops or SunRail • Located near high crash corridors • Cross section of road speeds
  15. 15. ENGINERING RECOMMENDATIONS Signage Guide Roads 40mph+ Signs could be used as stand alone or in combination BFF Coalition Recommendations 4 5 6 7 Roads 40mph and higher could be a combination 1 4 5 Roads 35mph and less 8 For signalized intersections
  16. 16. MEASURING DRIVER YIELDING BEHAVIOR - BASELINE DATA Crosswalk Speed Yield Rate (2012) Woodbury Rd. & Mallory Circle 35 mph 8% Lake Underhill Rd. & Palmer St. 35 mph 15% W. Oak Ridge Rd. & Tampa Ave 40 mph 4% International Dr. & Austrian Ct. 40 mph 13%
  17. 17. WHERE ARE THE CROSSWALKS?
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  19. 19. Florida law: As long as there is at least one street between traffic lights, a pedestrian may legally cross outside of a crosswalk. iyield4peds.org IS THIS LEGAL?
  20. 20. Ticket: $64.00 iyield4peds.org FLORIDA LAW FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING BY FOOT
  21. 21. $164 citation and 3 points on your driver’s license iyield4peds.org FLORIDA’S DRIVER YIELD LAW
  22. 22. FLORIDA’S DRIVER YIELD LAW iyield4peds.org $164 citation and 3 points on your driver’s license
  23. 23. 20% of fatalities in a marked crosswalk iyield4peds.org FLORIDA’S DRIVER YIELD LAW $164 citation and 3 points on your driver’s license
  24. 24. iyield4peds.org ENFORCEMENT: OPERATION BEST FOOT FORWARD
  25. 25. Orlando Police Department & Orange County Sheriff’s Office Since June 30, 2012 Total Warnings 4,434 Total Citations 3,190 Total Warnings & Citations 7,624 iyield4peds.org OPERATION BEST FOOT FORWARD International Dr. & Austrian Ct. Pine Hills Rd. & El Trio Way
  26. 26. HYPER-LOCAL WITH SCHOOLS 28
  27. 27. . . Walk n’ Roll Back to School Fair Orlando Health Trauma Team Walk to School Day Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
  28. 28. iyield4peds.org SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT
  29. 29. Q.MAKING PROGRESS?
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  31. 31. DRIVERS ARE STOPPING FOR PEOPLE IN CROSSWALKS ORANGE COUNTY & CITY OF ORLANDO 34
  32. 32. TRACKING PROGRESS: % DRIVERS YIELDING TO PEOPLE CROSSING Yield Rate: 58%Yield Rate: 13% August 2013 June 2015 LAKE UNDERHILL RD. & PALMER ST 35
  33. 33. TRACKING PROGRESS: % DRIVERS YIELDING TO PEOPLE CROSSING 36
  34. 34. Keep up with Best Foot Forward on Social Media: @BestFootOrlando PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD Tell people about the driver yield law. Refer a friend or group to get involved Subscribe to the newsletter by going to iyield4peds.org Bumper sticker your car Call the city or county about crosswalk or lighting issues at 311
  35. 35. Amanda Day Executive Director Amanda@bikewalkcf.org BikeWalkCentralFlorida.org

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