It’s too early to tell because, again, this last report, the 2014 Dangerous by Design, was based on data from 2012 and at that point in time our initiative was so new that we had not done the kinds of things that we need to do to drive the numbers down, and we’ve only gotten six months of the 2013 data. The early indication, based on the 2013 data, is that we saw some reductions, but until I see a long-term change, I’m not gonna celebrate.
What about the program termed Best Foot Forward? Is that something the State has worked with?
Actually, I’m the chair for Bike/Walk Central Florida, and the Best Foot Forward program is our program. Again, this is why the Secretary asked me to come back. He knew I was involved with this program, and it’s using the same approach, using engineering education and enforcement, and that has been a grassroots-funded initiative in the Orlando area, which is where I actually live. We focus on obviously yielding behavior for motorists but also educating the pedestrian at the same time, initially in those corridors where we’ve had real problems with yielding behavior. Then we use law enforcement to both provide warnings and and in some cases they actually issue tickets.
For example, if you go to our website, the Best Foot Forward link that’s on our Bike/Walk Central Florida website, there’s information on how the enforcement has improved the yielding rates on some corridors, but again, we still have a lot of work to do. The Orlando area is a huge area, and we’re trying to bite off bits and pieces based on our funding availability. We have to raise our own funds. It’s a 501(c)(3). But we’re working with the city and the counties, and they’re helping us with the funding.