Safe Streets Awards
The Safe Streets Awards are an opportunity to highlight jurisdictions that have led by example in creating better streets for all users. This year, Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties each selected one individual Complete Streets Champion Award winner and one Complete Streets Community Award winner.
We are proud to announce the 2017 Safe Streets Awards Winners!
Gary Rogers, Executive Director of the Lauderdale Lakes CRA
Gary Rogers, Executive Director of Lauderdale Lakes Community Redevelopment Agency has been a Complete Streets advocate and implementer since their inception in Broward. As a member of the Complete Streets Technical Advisory Committee since 2012, a leader in the State Road 7 corridor planning, a visionary for Canal 13 walk and bike path, and a transformer of a private property to a public bus way for children to safely onboard transit, Gary has been a champion.
Broward Regional Health Planning Council
Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) has been an impetus for Complete Streets in Broward. Through intensive partnership, funding, and leadership BRHPC assured that the Broward Complete Streets Guidelines had the needed support for creation for adoption in July 2012. The agency continues to convene dozens of non-traditional Complete Streets partners who play a vital role in the equitable and sustainable implementation of Complete Streets throughout Broward. BRHPC has established five Healthy Community Zones and provided technical assistance to foster Complete Streets in areas of great need such as, Broward County Municipal Services District, Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Sistrunk Corridor, and Lauderdale Lakes.
Alina Hudak, Deputy Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak has worked for the development of Complete Streets at both the policy and the project level. Under her leadership Miami-Dade County participated in the USDOT Mayors Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, appointed a multi-disciplinary Local Action Team and prepared an ambitious Local Action Plan. That effort was recognized by Secretary Anthony Foxx who awarded Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez a Mayors Challenge Activity Award for Complete Streets. Alina Hudak, in her former position over the Miami-Dade Department of Public Works, has supported the construction of complete streets projects on the Rickenbacker Causeway, SW 27th Avenue and Old Cutler Road.
Town of Cutler Bay
The Town of Cutler Bay has taken a comprehensive approach to developing Complete Streets and engaging the public beginning with development of a pedestrian and bicycle master plan and following through with project level charrettes, design workshops, community meetings and project construction updates. Successful projects include the redesign of Old Cutler Road as an aesthetic corridor that supports multimodal transportation and economic development; and the reconstruction of Caribbean Blvd which is being extended for the second time with sidewalk, bike lane and landscaping improvements. Cutler Bay has prioritized livable transportation as a strategy for improving mobility, social resilience and economic enhancement.
Jim Smith, Chair of Safety as Floridians Expect (SAFE)
Jim Smith has been a tireless champion for years to help Florida become the most pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit friendly state in the USA. He attends many Palm Beach MPO Governing Board meetings to stress the importance of Complete Streets and urges the Governing Board's elected officials to adopt policies to implement safer more transit, bicycle and pedestrian friendly designs in their local communities. He also attends the Palm Beach MPO Complete Streets Working Group meetings aimed at preparing design guidelines to support implementation as well as other transportation agency meetings in support of this goal. He does all this as a volunteer.
City of West Palm Beach
The City of West Palm Beach was an early adopter of the Complete Streets and the first community in the county to have a Complete Streets Policy. They have recently begun a mobility study to understand what the community wants and needs from their transportation system and will be developing a plan to systematically implement bike, pedestrian and transit friendly transportation options. But even before that plan is completed, they have begun to implement Complete Streets on 15th Street with designated green bike lanes and a pop-up bike lane project on Flagler Drive and have also applied to pursue other initiatives such as the Knight Foundation and The Big Jump Project for more bike lanes.
Please be sure to cheer on and congratulate this year's winners and consider nominating your local Champions for next year's Safe Streets Awards!
PUBLIC NOTICE: Please note that participation in the various Safe Streets Summit events on Jan. 26-27, 2017 is anticipated by multiple members of the Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach MPO Governing Boards and their respective advisory committees.