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Rest in Peace
                  Jessica and Lillia

Florida's Fake Crosswalks (Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks) are Killing Pedestrians

- A Letter from a Frustrated Florida Pedestrian & Cyclist -
By Jeff Redding exposes Florida Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Violations and recommends Sponsorship of Pedestrian Safety Legislation.

Whistle-Blower Complaints:
1.  The FDOT is violating Unmarked and Uncontrolled Mid-Block Crosswalk Safety Standards.
2.  The FDOT is violating Sidewalk Obstruction Safety Standards (and committing ADA Fraud).

The Smart Growth America, Dangerous By Design 2016 Report ranked the 104 largest U.S. metro areas according to a “Pedestrian Danger Index,”  7 of the top 10 (out of 104) most dangerous metropolitan areas were in Florida.  A September 25th, 2018 Wall Street Journal Article shows how Florida is also by far the deadliest State for Cyclist.

The Fake Crosswalks Link shows how the FDOT places Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks on High Traffic , High Speed Roads.  I believe this failure to comply with established Safety Standards has resulted in many pedestrians deaths.  Read about three fatal accidents resulting from these Fake Crosswalks. Rest in Peace Jessica, Lilia, Isabel, and Alexis.

The Sidewalk Obstructions Link shows how the FDOT misrepresents the ADA to justify placing Light Posts in the middle of sidewalks rather than in the Utility Strip.

Lamp Post
              Obstructing Sidewalk bocking path of Blind Pedestrian

A few years ago Sarasota was ranked by Homeless Advocates as the "meanest city in America".  Sarasota had passed a Sidewalk Obstruction Ordinance in order to throw homeless people in jail.  In Sarasota Homeless Veterans can be thrown in jail for Sidewalk Obstruction while the Government allows their Billionaire Contractor to actually obstruct the sidewalk in front of the Veterans Medical Clinic.

Jeff Speck, City Planner and Author of Walkable City... said; "the reason why the deadliest state to be a pedestrian is in Florida is because more city streets in Florida belong to the state than in probably any other state. ... When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail, and when you're a state highway engineer, everything looks like a highway — even if it's a local main street for shopping."

Rest in Peace.
Update:  On September 25th, 2018, Lynn and Debbie McDermott's Great Pyrenees dog Charlie was electrocuted and killed while walking on the sidewalk Charlie had stepped on a FDOT Light Meter Pull Box. “He just started convulsing and shaking," described Lynn. "I put my hand down to try and grab his tail and my hand touched the top of the grate and it jolted me and at that moment I knew he was being electrocuted." Lynn carefully moved Charlie."He was foaming, started to foam at the mouth and at that time I knew it was pretty much too late,” he said. This is so sad, I feel bad for the McDermotts.  These Light Post Meter Box Covers are on the sidewalk and are often broken.  This is another good reason for utilizing the Utility Strip for Utilities and not our Right of Way.  Rest in Peace Charlie.

You Can Help

Please contact your Florida Congressional Representatives and ask them to sponsor two Bills.

1.  The Jessica, Lillia, Isabel, and Alexis Pedestrian Safety Compliance Bill.  This Bill would relinquish control of Local Roads to from the FDOT to Local Authorities (like in most other States).
2.  The ADA Pedestrian Safety Compliance Bill.  This Bill would require that State (FDOT) and County  ADA Coordinators have former Education and Work Experience in the ADA.

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Lamp Posts should be in
            the Utility Strip.