The transportation choices we make have a profound impact on the health, safety, and viability of a community. When private automobiles are the only option, lower income residents or those who cannot drive (like children or the elderly) are put at a disadvantage, making traveling to work, buying groceries or going to the doctor difficult. To tackle this, the City of Orlando is finding ways to make it easier for residents to walk, bike, car-pool, ride transit and use alternative fuel vehicles.
The City is currently pursuing a series of improvements to enable residents to reduce reliance on private automobiles and invest in infrastructure to encourage more sustainable choices like bike racks, sidewalks and electric vehicle charging stations, that are guided by the following goals and targets:
|Metrics||2010 (baseline)||2018 (targets)||2040 (goals)|
|Percent of Daily Trips Made by Carpool, Transit, Bicycle, or Walking||20% of all trips||30% of all trips||>50% of all trips
Increase the use of electric vehicles/alternative fuel vehicles throughout the City Attain a “good” rating on the Air Quality Index (AQI) 365 days/year
|Miles of “Complete Streets” Across the City||18.8 miles||20% increase|
|Double the miles of “complete streets”
|Eliminate Pedestrian and Bike Fatalities||50% reduction||100% reduction|
Electric Fleet Vehicles
Transitioning to a green city fleet
The City of Orlando’s boasts 1,689 advanced fuel vehicles currently in its fleet and plans to grow this number to a total of 2,389 by 2030. This year alone, the City of Orlando deployed 15 Chevy Bolts and has 100 Workhorse trucks in order. These clean vehicles are saving the City significantly – economically and environmentally.
Hydraulic Hybrid Garbage Trucks
Replacing our garbage trucks with quieter, more environmentally-friendly CNG vehicles
More than half of the City of Orlando’s refuse collection trucks have been replaced by compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. The new CNG trucks operate 90 percent quieter on our City streets, reduce CO2 emissions by up to 12.5 thousand tons per year, which is equivalent to planting 600 trees mature trees a year or taking 325 cars off the road each year. And they further reduce the use of more expensive diesel fuels.
Energy Efficient Streetlights
Switching to Energy Efficient Streetlights
The City has converted most of its traffic signals to light-emitting diode (LED) lights, resulting in annual energy savings of $350,000 per year. The City and OUC are in the process of converting all residential streetlights to LEDs by the end of 2016.
Expanding our sidewalks through Orlando Walks
The City’s Orlando Walks Sidewalk Project focuses on establishing an interconnected sidewalk network that helps to improve public safety and to encourage active healthy living. This offers a variety of affordable alternatives to having a car and connects more of our residents with access to jobs and opportunity. In an effort to maximize funding and more quickly complete sidewalk gaps, the City elected to seek additional outside funding opportunities and received a Federal grant to fund the current phase of sidewalk construction.
Providing free trips that go further with our Lymmo Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Expansion
LYMMO is a free Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. Basically a “rail like” service using rubber tired vehicles. Buses operate in their own right of way providing a non-congested route downtown to major destinations. When this service was created more than 10 years ago, Orlando was one of the first cities to use a BRT system. Now, two expansions are underway – expanding into the Creative Village, Parramore and Thornton Park - so that more people can have access to LYMMO's free service.
Vehicle Charging Stations
Increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations with Get Ready Central Florida
The City intends to become the electric vehicle (EV) leader in the Southeast region of the United States! Get Ready Central Florida – is an interagency consortium promoting electric vehicles in Orlando. Orlando was selected as a “ChargePoint America” community, facilitating the installation of 200 Coulomb electric vehicle-charging stations. The City now has six electric vehicles in its fleet providing a much cheaper form of operating City vehicles.
Bike Share is a short-term bicycle rental program, available to registered members. This service is designed to complement the LYMMO and SunRail systems to help accomplish the “last mile” connection to users’ destinations. The Bike Share Program is designed to provide citizens, tourists, and commuters with an additional transportation option that is affordable and ecologically friendly.
SunRailOur community is now able to commute throughout Central Florida on SunRail, our new 32-mile, 17-station commuter train that serves DeBary on the north to Sand Lake Road on the south, with four stations in the City of Orlando. SunRail is the spine of a region-wide, multi-modal network of transportation options that allow us to get where we want to go without having to rely solely on car ownership and expensive gasoline. SunRail also encourages smart growth and transit-oriented-development with new projects at each station creating jobs and boosting the economy. SunRail is ADA compliant and bicycle friendly, and includes restrooms, power outlets and free wi-fi.
Urban Bike/Pedestrian Trails
Check Out the Urban Trail
The Orlando Urban Trail is the primary north/south bicycle corridor that connects Downtown Orlando with the surrounding neighborhoods. This trail connection is an important link for bicycle commuters and recreational users, for both weekdays and weekend use. This trail is the primary off-street connection to Downtown Orlando and various employment centers along the trail such as Florida Hospital. The trail meanders around six lakes with two bridges that provide users with picturesque vistas of the City’s environmental treasures, and shade from live oak trees. The City has provided maps throughout the trail network to provide cyclists with easier navigation and a better awareness of their surroundings.
*Denotes a key action that the City of Orlando is taking to become a hub for green companies and support green jobs that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.