18-Month Progress Report: Jun. 2013 – Dec. 2014
Best Foot Forward (BFF) released its 2014 18-Month Progress Report and found that driver yield rates – the average percentage that motorists stop or yield for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, have:
– increased from 12 percent in 2012 to 45 percent in 2014 on roads 35 mph or less
– increased from 1.2 percent in 2012 to 23 percent in 2014 on roads 40 mph or above
Studies show that if 60 percent of drivers yield for pedestrians, others will quickly follow suit.
BFF uses a Triple “E” Approach that combines Education, Engineering and Enforcement, and a large dose of evaluation.
- Measured Education Progress – Since its inception in 2012 to December 2014, BFF has presented its educational “IYield4peds” to 322 organizations and homeowner associations, reaching a total of 36,400 people and distributing more than 183,000 pedestrian safety and Florida Yield Law informational materials.
- Measured Engineering Progress – Completed pedestrian infrastructure projects include: 102 school-related crosswalk improvements; 75 crosswalk enhancements, such as new pavement, upgraded signage and ADA compliance; 17 in-street sign placements; five rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) signs; and one standard warning beacon/pedestrian flasher.
- Measured Enforcement Progress – BFF partners with Orlando Police Department (OPD) and Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) as part of Operation Best Foot Forward. Together, OPD and OCSO have conducted 296 details that have resulted in 3,791 warnings and 1,787 citations since June 2012 to December 2014.
First Year Report: June 2012 – June 2013
In its first year, Best Foot Forward made big changes in Orlando. The 2013 annual report highlights how the BFF coalition was created, their launch, the three “E’s” – Education, Engineering, and Enforcement, an evaluation of the crosswalks, and what’s happening next.
During the first year of Best Foot Forward – Yield rates on roads 35 MPH and less went from 12% to 48% and yield rates on roads 40 MPH and higher went from 1.2% to 5%
- OPD & OCSO issued a total of 3,263 warning and 1,349 citations in 212 enforcement operations
- Received over $100,000 in estimated value of TV coverage
- Conducted 40 presentations to local groups
- Distributed 100,000 flyers and 6,000 bumper stickers