Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Orlando Police Department receives $46,000 grant to improve pedestrian and bike safety

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 12:27 PM

  • Photo via John Pastor on Flickr.
A report from last year ranked Orlando as the third most dangerous city for pedestrians, but the local police department is looking to change that.

The Florida Department of Transportation recently awarded OPD a $46,000 grant to help reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, according the News 13.

The grant will fund efforts from Dec. 4 to May 15, 2018 to increase on-street education and enforcement measures focused on unsafe behavior from motorists, bike riders and pedestrians.
These enforcement measures will take place from early morning to late afternoon.

In 2o12, OPD began using the "Best Foot Forward" pedestrian safety initiative. According to the organization, on average 15 people in the Central Florida region each week are struck by cars while crossing the street.

Earlier this year Orlando was the only U.S. city to make We Love Cycling's list for 10 worst cities for bike riders.

Florida also took the top spot for worst states for cycling.

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