In July, Mayor Jacobs announced the launch of Orange County's pedestrian- and bicycle-safety program, Walk-Ride-Thrive! This new initiative enhances and refines the County's current response to pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues in coordination with other local, regional, state and federal initiatives.
To jumpstart the initiative, $15 million will be allocated for pedestrian safety and intersection improvements over the next five years as part of the INVEST in Our Home for Life initiative. These improvements will provide sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, turn lanes, updated signage and other necessary safety improvements. Additionally, safety projects will be designed and constructed for roadways in the Pine Hills, Oak Ridge and Alafaya Trail areas — all areas with great pedestrian activity.
Earlier this year, Mayor Jacobs joined a nationwide effort to make our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists by participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets. The challenge is to make roads more pedestrian and bike friendly by incorporating safe and convenient walking and biking measures into transportation projects. Orange County's Walk-Ride-Thrive! program capitalizes on this momentum by establishing a coordinated, comprehensive and consistent response to the pedestrian- and bicyclist-safety issues in Orange County.
Orange County's Sustainability Plan, Our Home for Life, also addresses the issue of pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and outlines incremental and transformative changes for the County through 2040 to improve the quality of life for current and future Orange County residents and visitors. Walk-Ride-Thrive! established a regional plan for reducing pedestrian and bicyclist crashes by improving street safety and creating lasting, positive changes.