Brenda Young, P.E., MSCE

Brenda Young has worked for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) since 2002. She is currently the Passenger Operations Manager, overseeing transit, bicycle and pedestrian commuter assistance, and park-and-ride staff and programs. She is the District 5 champion for FDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian safety initiative, FDOT’s statewide champion to provide more transportation choices for people and goods, and serves on the Central Florida Transportation Planning Group Board. She stays involved in state and local initiatives and professional organizations to support the future sustainability of multimodal transportation. Young received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed engineer.

Why are you devoting your time to this cause?
I want to make Central Florida a place where you can live, work, play and have multimodal transportation choices. Having walking, biking and transit options are better for our health and the sustainability of our infrastructure, environment and economy.

Are you a walker or a biker?
Both, for utility and recreation! I would walk and bike everywhere if I could, but for now I settle for biking to and from work when I can, and daily walks with my dog.

What part of Orlando would you most like to see become more friendly for people walking and bicycling?
I would love to see more of Central Florida’s multi-lane highways become more walking and biking friendly, with more crossings and improved land use patterns to provide more accessible places for all people to safely travel on our roadways. People want and need to travel across large roads such as Colonial Drive, Semoran Boulevard, and Orange Blossom Trail, to access places such as jobs, housing, shopping, healthcare, and schools.  Our land uses and multimodal transportation infrastructure need to be coordinated as a cohesive system to meet the needs of all travelers.

In 15 years, what does walking and biking look like in the region?
In my perfect world, people make different life choices in how they work, shop, and recreate, ultimately affecting transportation demands and patterns. Land use development, workforces, social networks, and technology are already changing to meet the evolving market demands, focusing more on quality of life and making better use of space. Philosophies on sharing are changing too—we’re sharing cars, bikes, even homes. Ultimately I foresee the demand for single-occupancy vehicles significantly dropping, and we’ll need to repurpose all the pavement people have been using for driving and parking, creating more space for people using transit, walking, and biking.