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.
- Anthony Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
- Patrice Gillespie Smith, Sr. Manager of the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Planning, Design & Transportation Department
- Robert Ruano, Founding and Current Chairman of Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG)
- Jason Spiegel, Founder of Freebee
- Meg Daly, Founder and President/CEO of Friends of the Underline 501(c)(3)
- Steve Braun, District Design Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – District 4
- Eric Houston, Traffic Planner, Transportation, City of Hallandale Beach
- Anthony Olivieri, CEO and Founder of FHEED, Inc. (Food for Health, the Environment, Economy, and Democracy)
- Richard Tornese, P.E. Director of Broward County Highway Construction and Engineering Division
Palm Beach County
- Raphael Clemente, Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
- Uyen Dang, City Traffic Engineer, West Palm Beach
- 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.
- Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG)
- City of Doral
- The Street Plans Collaborative
- Village of Palmetto Bay
- City of Fort Lauderdale Transportation and Mobility
- City of Sunrise
- Home Beautiful Park Civic Association
Palm Beach County
- City of Greenacres
- City of Palm Beach Gardens
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Check out last year’s winners by visiting the 2018 Safe Streets Awards page.