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Bicycles and Pedestrians

Bicycling offers an inexpensive and efficient alternative to the automobile. Increased bicycle commuting reduces congestion on our overburdened transportation network, while reducing production of carbon monoxide and other ozone depleting emissions. The City of Orlando realizes the importance of providing safe facilities for bicycle travel and prides itself on the progress it has made as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The City’s improvements are based on the 5 “E’s”:

Engineering        Education  Enforcement      Encouragement       Evaluation & Planning

Engineering

For this category the Transportation Planning Division keeps track of what has been done and what needs to be done in the City’s communities to promote cycling. Reviewers study communities to ensure the following:
• An adequate bicycle master plan is in place
• Public roads accommodate cyclists
• Well-designed bike lanes & multi-use paths
• Secure bike parking
• Condition and connectivity of both the off-road and on-road network

Education

To satisfy this category, reviewers ask questions designed to determine the amount of education there is available for both cyclists and motorists. Education includes:
• Teaching cyclists how to ride safely in multi-use paths and congested City streets
• Teaching motorists how to share the road safely with cyclists
• Availability of cycling education for adults and children
• The number of League Cycling Instructors
• How safety information is distributed (e.g. Bike Trail Maps,
tip sheets, driver’s education manuals and courses)

Enforcement

The enforcement category measures the strength of the connection between the cycling and law enforcement communities. Questions address:
• Whether or not there’s a law enforcement liaison to the cycling community
• The existence of bicycle divisions in law enforcement or public safety communities
• Targeted enforcement to encourage cyclists and motorists to share the road safely
• The existence of bicycling related laws

Encouragement

This category concentrates on how the community promotes and encourages bicycling. This can be done through:

Bike Month and Bike to Work Week events
• Community bike maps
• Route finding signage
• Community bike rides
• Commuter incentive programs
• The Safe Routes to School program

Reviewers also evaluate the effectiveness of current facilities promoting bicycling, such as:
• Off-road facilities
• BMX parks
• Velodromes
• Road and mountain bicycling clubs

Evaluation & Planning

Here the community is judged on the systems that they have in place to evaluate current programs and plan for the future. Questions are focused on:
• Measurement of community cycling
• Crash and fatality rates and plans to improve these numbers
• Existence of a bike plan and how much of it has been implemented
• Plans for future improvements

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