The Orlando Police Department has received a High Visibility Enforcement grant for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety from the Florida Department of Transportation.
The goal is to cut down the number of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. The $40,000 grant will be used toward on-street education and enforcement operations designed to target unsafe behaviors of all road users, including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
OPD has identified nine locations throughout for targeted education and enforcement:
- SR 50 from Interstate 4 to Bennett Road
- Central Boulevard from Garland Avenue to Summerlin Avenue
- Downtown Core: Central/Rosalind/Orange/Robinson
- SR 436 from SR 408 to Pershing Avenue
- Michigan Street/ Orange Avenue
- Orange Blossom Trail from SR 50 to Gore Street
- Kirkman Road from Conroy Road to Raleigh Street
- Conway Road from SR 408 to Michigan Street
- International Drive from Oakridge Road to Carrier Drive
Florida Department of Transportation Safety Tips:
- Pedestrians should always walk on the sidewalk and if no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear headphones or talk on their cell phones.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists should cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections when possible and obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
- Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and watch out for cars turning or backing from driveways or streets.
- Walking or biking while impaired increases your chances of being struck. STAY SOBER.
- Bicyclists should have their bicycle equipped with a white light on the front visible from a distance of 500 feet and a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet, between sunset and sunrise during operation.
- Pedestrians crossing the roadway at any other point other than a cross-walked intersection should yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles and cross at a right angle or shortest possible route to the opposite curb.
- Drivers should always be cognizant of pedestrians and bicyclists utilizing sidewalks, crosswalks and roadways. Drivers should exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or bicyclists, as they share rights on the roadway.
- Parking lots and on-street parking spaces are common places for pedestrian crashes, be cognizant of backup lights on vehicles and engine noise. Also, do not walk directly behind vehicles but several feet away from rear or front of vehicle to allow the driver to see you.