The Orlando Sentinel reported what many people living in Central Florida have known for years—the Orlando metropolitan area has the most dangerous streets in the United States for pedestrians in metro areas with at least one million people. The Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership issued a report recently that didn’t surprise one area science teacher who routinely runs and rides her bicycle in the area.
A senior at Timber Creek High School was recovering recently after being struck by a car as she walked to a school bus stop. The 17-year-old Orlando girl had just missed her bus and was walking across Mark Twain Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. to catch it at the next stop when she was struck by a white Honda S2000. She was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for treatment after the pedestrian accident, but her condition was not known at the time the Orlando Sentinel article was published. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said that the girl’s injuries did not appear to be serious.