This has been decades in the wanting. Anyone who has tried to cross a street in Orlando knows it can be an exercise in frustration… or worse. Now, finally, after years of topping the Dangerous by Design Pedestrian Danger Index, some forward-thinking funders provided the money and motivated the political will to do something about it.
Coalition partners will triangulate on the problem, using low-cost Engineering with community Education, and high-visibility Enforcement, to break old, bad habits and establish new safer ones. Short-term, success will be measured by the percentage of drivers exhibiting the desired behavior of yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks. The ultimate measure of success, however, will be the reduction of pedestrian deaths and injuries. The group has established a goal of a 10 percent annual reduction in pedestrian deaths and injuries – initially within Orange County, but ultimately within the entire Orlando-Kissimmee MSA.
The launch event will be tomorrow:
Wednesday, May 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Orlando Health Heart Institute Building Lobby
1222 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
Be a part of this initiative:
Explore iYield4peds.org and share it with your friends.
Like the Facebook page.
Display the groovy bumper sticker (you’ll be able to pick one up at the launch, or from community partner locations).
Donate to the cause.
And, most importantly, watch for pedestrians trying to use crosswalks and help them out! If you’re on your bike, that’s a great way to set a good example.