This week, thousands of students in Orange County will go back to school and that means more children and youth will be walking or biking in Orlando.
As part of the City’s commitment to pedestrian safety, I want to remind everyone to watch out for our students, yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and remember to slow down in school zones. Parents can help too by teaching your children to practice the safety rules for walking and bicycling.
Being mindful of pedestrians and learning about the rules of the road helps to support the efforts of our Best Foot Forward coalition, a community-wide effort to increase safety for pedestrians using a multi-tiered strategy focused on enforcement, using low-cost engineering and community education. Since Best Foot Forward was launched in 2012, the City has improved more than 60 crosswalks, and community education and targeted enforcement has led to more than four times the amount of drivers yielding to pedestrians within the City.
Working together we can prevent unnecessary pedestrian injuries and deaths. To learn more ways you can help prevent accidents and improve pedestrian safety in our community, visit www.iyield4peds.org.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor