2019 Safe Streets Awards

The Safe Streets Awards are an opportunity to highlight individuals and jurisdictions that have led by example in creating better streets for all users. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties will each select one individual Complete Streets Champion Award winner and one Complete Streets Community Award winner. Conference attendees will be voting to select the recipient of the 2019 People’s Choice Award! Be sure to join us at the Safe Streets Summit and root for your local Complete Streets champions!

 

We are proud to announce the 2019 Safe Streets Awards nominees!

 

COMPLETE STREETS CHAMPION AWARD

Awarded to an individual who has been an exceptional leader and catalyst in advancing Complete Streets in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach.

Miami-Dade County

  1. Anthony Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
  2. Patrice Gillespie Smith, Sr. Manager of the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Planning, Design & Transportation Department
  3. Robert Ruano, Founding and Current Chairman of Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG)
  4. Jason Spiegel, Founder of Freebee
  5. Meg Daly, Founder and President/CEO of Friends of the Underline 501(c)(3)

Broward County

  1. Steve Braun, District Design Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – District 4
  2. Eric Houston, Traffic Planner, Transportation, City of Hallandale Beach
  3. Anthony Olivieri, CEO and Founder of FHEED, Inc. (Food for Health, the Environment, Economy, and Democracy)
  4. Richard Tornese, P.E. Director of Broward County Highway Construction and Engineering Division

Palm Beach County

  1. Raphael Clemente, Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
  2. Uyen Dang, City Traffic Engineer, West Palm Beach
  3. Maria Marino, Mayor of City of Palm Beach Gardens

 

COMPLETE STREETS COMMUNITY AWARD

Awarded to a local government or organization in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach that has done an outstanding job engaging the community in planning for Complete Streets.

Miami-Dade County

  1. Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG)
  2. City of Doral
  3. Freebee
  4. The Street Plans Collaborative
  5. Village of Palmetto Bay

Broward County

  1. City of Fort Lauderdale Transportation and Mobility
  2. City of Sunrise
  3. Flipany
  4. Home Beautiful Park Civic Association

Palm Beach County

  1. City of Greenacres
  2. City of Palm Beach Gardens
  3. City of West Palm Beach

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PROJECT

Awarded to a project that has helped advance Complete Streets efforts in Miami-Dade, Broward, and/or Palm Beach. Projects can include quick-build or permanent and long-term projects. Safe Streets Summit attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the best Complete Streets focused project.

 

1) Avenue 3 Miami Quick Build

The project activated what is typically parking on NE 3rd Ave and turned this space into seating and event space as well as hosting the Taste of Avenue 3 dining event.

2) City of Sunrise - Sunset Strip Boulevard Complete Streets Project

The City of Sunrise, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation, recently completed a complete streets project on Sunset Strip Boulevard from Sunrise Blvd to Nob Hill Road.

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Sunset Strip was previously a four-lane divided roadway (with a 30 mph speed limit) through the original part of the City. Sunset Strip originally operated as a neighborhood street in the heart of original Sunrise as the roadway is primarily surrounded by single family residential with commercial retail at the major intersections (University Drive, Pine Island Road, Sunrise Blvd). Over the past forty years, the roadway has transformed from a neighborhood residential street to a cut-through for trucks and non-residential traffic. The complete streets project converted the four-lane divided roadway to a two-lane divided roadway with buffered bicycle lanes that connect the City from east to west. The project also included the installation of two traffic circles throughout the corridor, along with the elimination of a traffic light. The project connects to two large City park facilities, City Park in the eastern part of the City with Nob Hill Soccer Club in the western part of the City. The Sunset Strip Complete Streets Project has been a huge success with the community, especially with the addition of the buffered bicycle lanes, traffic calming, safe pedestrian connectivity, and reclaiming the roadway as a residential street. This project showcases the benefits of a complete streets project and can be utilized as a blueprint for future projects.

3) Clematis Streetscape Project

The Clematis Streetscape Project is a multi-phase approach to improving one of the City’s most beloved streets Clematis Street, in the heart of its downtown to make it more people-friendly with modern infrastructure and vibrant design elements with a focus on pedestrians.

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Highlights include a curb-less street that prioritizes the pedestrian; narrower traffic lanes to slow cars’ speed; high-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings; shade trees; wider sidewalks; and reduced parking spaces to make room for “people space.” The City recently completed Phase 1 of the Clematis Streetscape Project from 300th block of Clematis Street between South Dixie Highway and South Olive Avenue. Phase 2 of Clematis Streetscape is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019, and will redesign additional blocks on Clematis Street. For more information visit: http://wpb.org/clematisstreetscape

4) Old Dixie Highway Complete Streets Project

The Old Dixie Highway complete streets project is a vision that was created by the Middle River Terrace Neighborhood Association. The neighborhood was successful in receiving a Neighborhood Community Investment Plan (NCIP) Grant from the City to hire a consultant to develop a conceptual vision for the street.

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The concept was designed by Chen Moore and Associates and once complete, city staff worked with the neighborhood and partners to identify the funding needed to realize the vision of Middle River Terrace to complete this $3.4 million Complete Streets Project. Funding included additional NCIP grants, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Funds, and a competitive Transportation Alternatives Grant. The purpose of this project was to improve safety and mobility for all users.  It completed the network of sidewalks and bike lanes as well as added traffic calming to slow vehicles down through the corridor. Previously the street did not have a complete sidewalk network on both sides of the street. Furthermore, there were no crosswalks, limited street lighting and no pedestrian scale lighting. The roadway lacked bike lanes and vehicles sped through this neighborhood street frequently. There were several fatalities that occurred. In 2014, the design of the project began and was managed by the FDOT by their in-house designers. The design did a great job holding to the vision of the community including a roundabout at NE 16th Ct, raised patterned pavement intersections, various crosswalks, the completion of the sidewalks on both sides of the street, green painted bike lanes, and pedestrian lighting.  The streetscape improvements have transformed Old Dixie Highway into a multimodal corridor that provides places for all modes of transportation on the street where once it was focused on the vehicle. Construction of this project began in March 2017 and was completed in March 2018. Today, the street has a complete sidewalk network on both sides of the street, many raised crosswalks, raised intersections to help slow vehicles to a safe speed, green bike lanes, increased landscaping, decorative pedestrian lighting, and a traffic circle at NE 16th Ct.  It also included swale improvements to help increase stormwater infiltration and reduced flooding. In 2018, a bike count was conducted. The count indicated that 10,956 bike trips were made throughout this corridor. This project is a great example of a neighborhood having a vision and pushing to realize their vision through partnerships with the City, MPO, and FDOT to see it to fruition. Old Dixie Highway now serves as a gold standard amongst residents of Fort Lauderdale, known to us as our neighbors, and is a shining example of how residents and their community partners can work together to accomplish a goal and create a much more livable community that emphasizes safety and options to travel throughout.  It is used as an example by our neighbors of what they would like for their neighborhood street.

5) Palmetto Park Road Shared Path Improvements

When the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency performed its routinely assessment of “bicycle suitability” on Palmetto Park Road, the facility had a rating of "caution" indicating that the road had high vehicle traffic with no designated space for bicyclists to travel.

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Additionally, a fair number of car-free households along the corridor primarily utilize the existing walkways to access the bus system; however, the lack of ADA-accessibility makes mass transit services provided by PalmTran simply unreachable to many in the area, especially senior citizens. Therefore, to make Palmetto Park Road a more pedestrian-friendly, vibrant corridor with the possibility of having multi-modal transportation options connected, the City of Boca Raton requested the Florida Department of Transportation to create a large regional trail or shared use pathway between State Road 7 and NW 2nd Ave with the intention of maximizing the connectivity of users and enhancing access to jobs; while at the same time, making the corridor a much safer and walkable facility. The corridor is the ideal place for an east-west connection in southern Palm Beach County. With destinations all along the corridor such as Sugar Sand Park, Blazing Star Preserve, Veterans Memorial Park, and Sanborn Square, the facility once completed, will provide mobility, accessibility, economic growth, expand recreational opportunities, connect community destinations, contribute to healthy lifestyles, and add value to communities along Palmetto Park Road; while helping develop an integrated network of non-motorized connections throughout Palm Beach County as part of the Southeast Florida Regional Greenways and Trails Plan, developed by the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency. By using a “complete street” approach, the nearly 6.3 miles of improvements, once completed (about 3 miles finished so far), will allow Southern Palm Beach County residents to have a safer east-west community connection while complying with “Vision Zero/Alert Today Florida” mobility and safety recommendations aimed to eliminate accidents and injuries to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These enhancements not only aim to improve livability standards in the area; they also encourage residents to use other modes of transportation in efforts to reduce traffic congestion and improve the level of service along Palmetto Park Road, especially during in peak hours. Some of the project features include:

  • Expansion of the existing 5’-8’ wide pathway to a 10’-13’ wide shared use asphalt pathway
  • Installation of signage along the shared use pathway and placement of thermoplastic pavement markings at adjacent side streets
  • Installation of pedestrian/bicycle railing
  • Installation of gravity walls to provide a safe walkable/accessible pathway along the corridor
  • Installation of bus boarding pads
  • Retrofitting lighting safety component, which involves the relocation and removal of existing lighting and power distribution facilities

6) Pinecrest Elevation Drive Project

During the week of December 2nd, as part of a public art project by acclaimed artist Xavier Cortada, and coinciding with Art Basel Miami, Pinecrest’s Killian Drive will become “Elevation Drive.”

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Four intersections along Killian Drive were temporarily painted by high school students from Gulliver Preparatory, Dr. Michael Krop H.S., South Dade H.S., and Westminster Christian School. The street art is part of a broad and region-wide project by Cortada intended to raise awareness on the issue of sea level rise. The project also includes an exhibition of the artist’s ice painting at Pinecrest Gardens’ Hibiscus Gallery. Cortada travelled to Antarctica in 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artist and Writers Program fellow and created a series of works on paper by melting ice samples provided by scientists conducting research on the melting of Antarctic glaciers. The street art at 57th, 62nd, 67th, and 72nd avenues each feature one of Cortada’s ice paintings as a backdrop and a number representing the intersection’s elevation– number of feet above sea level. The art on the intersections will be augmented by the placement of small 12” X 24” markers, designed by the artist, in the public right-of-way along the road. This is a placemaking, public art project focused on streets in Pinecrest. It encompasses climate change, and community activation as well! https://communitynewspapers.com/pinecrest/killian-drive-will-become-elevation-drive-to-coincide-with-art-basel-miami/

7) Shady Lakes Drive Extension and Shady Lakes Drive and PGA Boulevard Intersection Improvements

The Palm Beach Gardens City Council approved the extension of Shady Lakes Drive, the improvements along Shady Lakes Drive, and the Shady Lakes Drive and PGA Boulevard intersection.

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As part of this project, the City installed new pedestrian and bicycle access ways, drainage, paving, landscaping, irrigation, traffic calming measures, street lighting, signs and markings, and traffic signal improvements. The work was done in two phases with the Shady Lakes Drive extension occurring first, and the signalized intersection improvements at PGA Boulevard and Shady Lakes Boulevard to follow that included expanded turn lane capacity for the north intersection approach, and traffic signal mast arms. Total project cost equals $6,226,096.00. The safety aspects of the roadway have been improved with the following work:

  • Provides additional ingress and egress for emergency vehicles and residents if Shady Lakes Drive or 117th Court North is not passable due to accident, road blockage, fire, or other incident
  • Reduced response times for Police and Fire/Rescue to the newly expanded park, elementary and middle school
  • Provides an alternate route during emergency shut down of intersections or heavy traffic conditions at PGA Boulevard and Central Boulevard or 117th Court North and Central Boulevard
  • Doubles potential evacuation routes
  • Designed to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists with improved sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, landscaping, and improved drainage
  • Utilizes traffic calming methods in an effort to slow traffic and improve safety
  • Enhanced sidewalks and storm water drainage
  • Installed speed monitoring devices for instant driver feedback and Bluetooth data collection
  • Installed license plate readers (LPR) to passively scan for wanted/stolen vehicles near connected schools and recreation areas
  • Utilized numerous traffic calming techniques and devices such as calming circles, serpentine flow, striping, road surface texture/color
  • Enhanced sound wall and landscaping for safety, sound, clear visibility, and aesthetics • Partnered with the school district to design safer and more effective student drop-off/pick-up travel routes
  • Doubled the school bus access roads to both the elementary & middle school to increase efficiency and safety
  • Created school safety zones with LED lighted signs at crosswalks along with 8-ft sidewalks, and neighborhood gate access points

8) US-1 Complete Streets Project in Village of Tequesta

As part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) statewide road maintenance schedule, this 1.5-mile section of US-1 in the Village of Tequesta was slated to be a resurfacing project of the existing six lane roadway for vehicular traffic that lacked safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

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The Village of Tequesta saw this resurfacing project as an opportunity to significantly improve the safety and ambience on the Village’s “Main Street.” The Village applied to the Palm Beach TPA for a Transportation Alternatives Program Grant to implement Complete Streets improvements as part of the resurfacing project including a lane repurposing project to go from a six-lane road to a four-lane road with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. This project is now almost finished and includes wider sidewalks, buffered bicycle lanes, improved drainage, a mast arm traffic signal with LED lighting, camera-driven traffic signal sequencing, a high-visibility patterned pavement crosswalk, countdown pedestrian timers and decorative pedestrian-scale lighting. None of these improvements would have been included in FDOT’s scope of work if the roadway was simply repaved.

9) SW 152 St Separated Bike Lanes

The SW 152 St separated bike lanes are the first curb-separated, directional bike lanes in Miami-Dade County. They were created by the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works to provide greater protection for bicyclists. 

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They use green paint and striping to provide separate space for pedestrians and bicyclists and to encourage bicyclists to ride with traffic for improved safety. The SW 152 St separated bike lanes demonstrate that this design is feasible, popular with the public and can be the prototype for future separated bike lane projects throughout the region.

Check out last year’s winners by visiting the 2018 Safe Streets Awards page.