Orlando Safe Streets
The City of Orlando is committed to improving safety, comfort and accessibility for all roadway users. As part of the Safe Streets Academy, the City is working with Orange County to create a demonstration project on Curry Ford Road that will showcase the application of Complete Streets principles and promote bicycle and pedestrian safety initiatives, through temporary improvements that will increase multi-modal safety and connectivity along the corridor.
The City has identified Curry Ford Road, from S. Bumby Avenue to the east, to S. Crystal Lake Drive to the west as the corridor limits.
As part of the project, the city is proposing temporarily reducing the travel lanes and adding bicycle lanes in both directions, as well as installing new crosswalks.
The improvements are expected to be installed at the end of March, and remain in place for approximately four weeks. Staff will be conducting analyses on the corridor before implementation and during implementation to determine any changes in user behavior for consideration of future improvements.
A community meeting was held on February 22, 2018, at the Dover Shores Community Center. Local residents and business owners provided feedback on conceptual plans and provided City and County Staff with their ideas for the Curry Ford Corridor. The word cloud shown below was created out of comments received from community members about what elements they would like to see in the future.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Fair
Join us at the Curry Ford Family Dollar Shopping Center, 2850 Curry Ford Road, on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for a bicycle and pedestrian safety fair. This family-friendly community event, hosted by the City of Orlando and Orange County, will focus on safety and highlight the roadway improvements made as part of the Safe Streets Initiative. Local bike/ped organizations will be on site providing demonstrations, interactive drills, helmet fittings, and giveaways. Attendees are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the event. Staff-guided tours of the Safe Streets project will be available during the event. Please click HERE for the event flyer.
Safe Streets Academy
In 2017, the City of Orlando applied for and was awarded one of three coveted spots in the first-ever Safe Streets Academy. The Safe Streets Academy is a new technical assistance program, created by the National Complete Streets Coalition that brings together engineers, planners and related professionals from different jurisdictions to provide education in identifying the factors that contribute to high crash corridors and the countermeasures that can be applied to reduce crashes. In addition to reducing crashes, the countermeasures produce a better environment for all modes of traffic and create a better sense of place for residents and businesses.
For more information, please contact the City’s Transportation Engineering Division at 407.246.2281 or email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is this project being done?
In 2018, the National Complete Streets Coalition again ranked the Central Florida Region in their annual Dangerous by Design Report as one of the top ten metropolitan areas for pedestrian fatalities. In response, the City of Orlando applied for and was awarded one of three coveted spots in the first-ever Safe Streets Academy, which provides an opportunity for local jurisdictions to receive hands-on training on interventions to address traffic safety. As part of the Academy, the City agreed to select a corridor for temporary roadway improvements and conduct data analysis.
Why Curry Ford Road?
During initial screening the Curry Ford corridor exhibited a high level of bicycle and pedestrian crashes compared to the total traffic volume. Traffic volumes in portions of the corridor did not warrant the five-lane undivided configuration that currently exists. In addition, vehicle speeds (85 percentile) were typically at rates that are not conducive to other modes of traffic – primarily pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Is this permanent?
No, this is a temporary demonstration project that will be in place through the month of April, after which the roadway will be returned to its previous configuration.
Why are you dedicating a bicycle lane when there are so few bikes on the corridor?
There is an inordinately high number of bicycle crashes on Curry Ford Road. Our goal is to promote a safe network for all modes of transportation. Having a buffered bike lane, even temporarily, encourages more cycling and brings more awareness to motorists.
Will there be any kind of event once the improvements on Curry Ford have been completed?
Yes! On Saturday, April 14, the City of Orlando and Orange County will be hosting a family-friendly community safety event in the Family Dollar Shopping Center at 2850 Curry Ford Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please click HERE for the event flyer.
What happens after the demonstration is over?
Once the roadway has been restored, and data analysis has been completed, an additional community meeting will be held to share the results of the study and get feedback from the residents and business owners along the corridor.
How can I provide feedback on the project?
Please e-mail your comments and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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