2020 Safe Streets Awards - Nominees

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 2020 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 2020 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. Eileen Higgins, Commissioner, District 5, Miami-Dade County
  2. Alfredo Quintero, Public Works Director, Town of Cutler Bay
  3. Eli Stiers, Esq., Stiers Law, P.A.
  4. Eric Tullberg, Secretary, Green Mobility Network

Broward County

  1. Steve Braun, District Planning & Environmental Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – District 4
  2. Christine Fanchi, Transportation Engineering Design Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
  3. Jennifer Frastai, Assistant City Manager, City of Oakland Park
  4. Eric Houston, Traffic Planner, Transportation, City of Hallandale Beach
  5. Ken Reinhardt, Executive Council Member and Volunteer, AARP
  6. Karen Warfel, Transportation Planning Program Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach County

  1. Terrence Bailey, City Engineer, City of Riviera Beach
  2. Uyen Dang, City Traffic Engineer, West Palm Beach
  3. Natalie Crowley, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Palm Beach Gardens
  4. Juan Orellana, President, Florida Bicycle Operations


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. Healthy Little Havana
  2. Village of Palmetto Bay
  3. Wynwood Business Improvement District

Broward County

  1. AARP
  2. Broward County Transit
  3. City of Fort Lauderdale
  4. City of Oakland Park

Palm Beach County

  1. City of Riviera Beach
  2. City of West Palm Beach
  3. North Shore Neighborhood Association
  4. City of Palm Beach Gardens


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) ANDREWS AVENUE – OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD TO PROSPECT ROAD

The Complete Streets Project included a comprehensive redesign of Andrews Avenue to ensure a safer environment for all users and modes.

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The project featured landscaped and irrigated medians and areas between curb and sidewalk, 4-foot bicycle lanes with continuous green background, pedestrian mid-block crossings, upgraded all existing lighting to led, improved sidewalks, road resurfacing, stamped asphalt crosswalks at park lane and 41st street and removal of utility double poles. The project has been extremely successful and is already transforming the neighborhood into a more walkable, livable place.


2) AVENUE H WEST, RIVIERA BEACH, FL

The City of Riviera Beach recently rebuilt Avenue H West to include designated bike lanes and improve safe, multimodal access to City Hall, a city park, and a regional adult education center.

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The project includes two vehicular lanes, designated bike lanes separated from vehicular traffic by a valley gutter, and sidewalks separated from the bike lanes by curbing, all within 50 feet of right-of-way. The project is exemplary of a city's commitment to provide designated safe space for all users.


3) CUMBERLAND DR SEPARATED BICYCLE LANES & PROTECTED ROUNDABOUT, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

The City of West Palm Beach recently implemented its first protected roundabout with separated bicycle lanes to improve access and safety for all users in the community. This project provides direct access to a park in a residential area.


4) FORT LAUDERDALE – WILTON MANORS BIKING CONNECTIONS

City of Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors both have been working on expanding their complete streets and offering more options for walkers and bicyclists to move around their cities. They have been able to connect over 4 miles of new bike lanes between these two cities and in connection to the City of Oakland Park.

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This project and its impact on connectivity and shared and complete streets should be the People's Choice project as it can serve an example and model of intermunicipal collaboration.


5) HARD ROCK STADIUM PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

These two recently opened pedestrian bridges and tunnels will provide safer pedestrian access to and from events held at the stadium in addition to easing traffic congestion.

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The two tunnels are located within the stadium property under Don Shula Drive and the bridges are located on the south side of the stadium on NW 199th Street (Dan Marino Boulevard) and on the east side of the stadium on the Florida Turnpike Access Road.  On January 22nd, both bridges were named honoring local politicians with the Turnpike Access Road bridge being named after Florida State Senator Oscar Braynon II and the NW 199th Street bridge being named after Miami Gardens Mayor and Miami-Dade TPO Board Chairman, Oliver G. Gilbert III.


6) HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT

The project located in downtown Hollywood was selected as the “urban” Complete Streets Demonstration project. Destinations along this corridor include retail, office space and various restaurants. The corridor also provides direct access to the City Hall.

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Project improvements include striping and surface drainage configuration, colored concrete walks, enhanced pedestrian cross walks with center refuge median and center walkway spline, 5-foot wide bike lanes with buffer zone, pedestrian scale lighting, (ADA) parking spaces and accessible ways, safer parking configuration and landscaping.


7) LITTLE HAVANA ON THE MOVE - NW 2nd ST IMPROVEMENTS

Led by Urban Health Partnerships as a partner of Healthy Little Havana, Little Havana on the Move, now its third year, is a comprehensive project focused on improving access to parks and public spaces in Little Havana in Miami.

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Working with the City of Miami, this project led to permanent changes including added and repaired sidewalks, addition of crosswalks, and expansion of bulb outs on NW 2nd Street- a corridor residents have requested improvements on that connects to Henderson Park, an important community asset. All community engagement was led by Community Liaisons who are hired residents of Little Havana. The second phase will bring a bike lane, painted crosswalks, benches, and shade.


8) MIAMI BEACH – MIDDLE BEACH GREEN BIKE LANES

The Middle Beach Green Bike Lanes is part of the City’s comprehensive bikeway program called the Atlantic Greenway Network (AGN) Master Plan. The AGN will provide direct access to important destinations for bicyclists,

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such as schools, parks, shopping centers, business districts, etc. The Middle Beach Green Bike Lanes will be connected to South and North Beach through beach corridor paths, neighborhood trails, and arterial lanes and paths.


9) MIAMI BEACH – WEST AVENUE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

This 65-foot bridge provides pedestrians with a safe and attractive connection to the picturesque and family-friendly grounds at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, and local commerce in the Sunset Harbour neighborhoods.

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Residents in the area helped select the bridge’s unique “bubble style” design, and its presence highlights the city’s commitment to continuously enhance quality of life and support the environment by facilitating walkability. ADA compliant ramps line both sides of the bridge, to ensure that every member of the community can enjoy its utility.


10) OLD DIXIE HIGHWAY COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT

The neighborhood association received a Capital Improvement Program grant from the city to create a vision to improve Old Dixie Highway to become a Complete Street. Once that vision was complete the City applied for a Transportation Alternatives Grant to leverage Broward MPO funding and was successful.

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Additional city funds were also added for landscaping and entryway monument signs. FDOT designed and managed the construction of the project. It is now viewed as an example for other neighborhoods and what they want. This project is an excellent example of a grass roots vision becoming reality through collaborations at many levels.

Old Dixie Highway is a collector through a residential neighborhood. It experienced many crashes and fatalities. The neighborhood spearheaded a visioning process through a CIP grant. That vision was implemented through a TAP Grant and FDOT funds, designed and managed by FDOT. It included sidewalks, crosswalks where there were none, raised intersections, raised crosswalks, bike lanes, lighting, swale improvements, landscaping and a roundabout. The project was a huge success, improving safety for all users where it was not safe for any users. The project is used as an example by many other neighborhoods as what they would like to have.


11) PALMETTO PARK ROAD SHARED USE PATH, BOCA RATON, FL

To make Palmetto Park Road more pedestrian-friendly, the City of Boca Raton requested the Florida DOT to create a shared use pathway between SR 7 and NW 2nd Ave to improve the connectivity of users, making the corridor a much safer and walkable facility.

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The corridor is the ideal place for an east-west connection in Palm Beach County. With destinations such as Sugar Sand Park, Blazing Star Preserve, Veterans Memorial Park, and Sanborn Square, the facility provides, mobility, accessibility, and connectivity to communities along Palmetto Park Road; while developing an integrated network of non-motorized connections throughout the County.


12) SUNSET STRIP COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT

The City of Sunrise with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation, recently completed a Complete Streets project on Sunset Strip Boulevard, previously a four-lane divided roadway that 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.

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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.


13) TERRAZZO BICYCLE LANE ON OKEECHOBEE BLVD, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

The City of West Palm Beach worked collaboratively with FDOT and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to incorporate expanded walkways and new bicycle path as part of a redevelopment project along a major roadway (Okeechobee Blvd) that lacked bicycle facilities and had a record of pedestrian and bicycle crashes to improve safety and access into the City's downtown. www.kravis.org/kravis2020/


14) WILTON DRIVE/NE 4TH AVENUE COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT

Comprises of wider sidewalks, parking on the street, 7' buffered bike lanes on northbound and southbound directions of SR-811/Old Dixie Highway/NE 4th Avenue in Broward, Florida, all crosswalks upgraded to comply with current standards, detectable warning surfaces added to improve accessibility for all users.

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Lighting upgraded throughout the corridor. Special improvements at High School, mast arm replaced due to new proposed crosswalk. Ped poles/detectors added at all signalized intersections. The bicycle lane construction length is 9,689 linear feet. One 11’ travel lane was eliminated in each direction to accommodate bicycle lanes in both directions from SR-838/Sunrise Blvd to NE 26th Street.