Orlando Pledges to Improve Walkability

A city report highlights successes and failures in building safer transportation infrastructure and reducing VMT in 2023.

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March 19, 2024, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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The city of Orlando says it will ramp up efforts to improve walkability after receiving a Walk Score of 41 out of 100, reports Sabrina Maggiore for Yahoo News. According to the city’s 2023 Growth Management Plan Indicators Report, only 2.7 percent of Orlando residents walk to work.

Additionally, accessibility is an issue: “Some in wheelchairs say getting around the city can be especially challenging: they point to missing sidewalk ramps at pedestrian crossings, incomplete sidewalks, and areas where sidewalks are altogether non-existent.”

The report also notes that the city did not meet its 2023 goal of building 25 miles of new sidewalks or reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

The city released a statement touting its current and future efforts to build out its sidewalk network and make its roads safer. According to the statement, “Quick-Build projects, such as crosswalks, bike lanes and parklets, are all part of Orlando’s Vision Zero efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries within the city by 2040.”

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