Best Foot Forward

Triple E: Engineering, Education and Enforcement

Our mission is to improve pedestrian safety by getting drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and getting pedestrians to be more careful crossing the street.

We hope to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries by 50 percent from 2012 to 2022.

The Best Foot Forward program focuses on a “Triple E” strategy consisting of targeted high visibility Enforcement interventions, inexpensive Engineering enhancements and an Education component including earned media attention, signage, community presentations, online engagement and school participation to be implemented in tandem to maximize the overall efficiency of the program.

Intersections We’re Tracking 

In order to better achieve our goals, crossings are being staged at select marked crosswalks throughout the City of Orlando and Orange County.  BFF is measuring and tracking the rate of drivers yielding to pedestrians at 29 crosswalks in 2015.

ORLANDO

Posted speed 35mph and lower

  • E. Central Boulevard & Lake Avenue
  • E. Rollins Street & Camden Road
  • Lake Baldwin Lane & Almond Avenue
  • Edgewater Drive & Shady Lane Drive
  • International Drive & Universal Boulevard
  • Mercy Drive & Kalwit Lane
  • Lake Underhill Road & Palmer Street

Posted speed 40mph and higher

  • W. Colonial Drive & N. Orange Blossom Trail
  • S. Conway Road & Hargill Drive
  • S. Kirkman Road & Major Bouelvard
  • W. Michigan Street & S. Orange Avenue
  • S. Semoran Boulevard & SR 408 (SB 436 to WB 408 on ramp)
  • S. Semoran Boulevard & Curry Ford Road
  • Lee Vista Boulevard & Odyssey Middle School
  • Conroy Road & Vineland Road

ORANGE COUNTY

Posted speed 35mph and lower

  • Oleander Drive, E. of Tucker Avenue
  • Gatlin Avenue and Kennedy Avenue
  • Woodbury Road & Mallory Circle

Posted speed 40mph and higher

  • Pine Hills Road & El Trio Way
  • North Pine Hills Road, N. of North Lane
  • Goldenrod Road & Cady Way Trail Crossing
  • Dr. Phillips Boulevard & Sandberry Boulevard
  • Silver Star Road and Kingsland Avenue
  • Pine Hills Road & Figwood Lane
  • W. Oak Ridge Road & S. Texas Avenue
  • Landstar Boulevard & Brook Hollow Drive
  • International Drive & Austrian Court
  • Universal Boulevard & UCF Rosen College of Hospitality
  • Sea Harbor Drive & Sea World Drive

See our progress.

18-Month Progress Report: Jun. 2013 – Dec. 2014

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 8.12.52 PMBest 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.

Read eBook: Full Report | Download PDF: Overview | Crosswalk Observations

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.

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First Year Report: June 2012 – June 2013

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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%

Other highlights:

  • 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