People's Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Award is awarded to a project that has helped advance Complete Streets efforts in Broward, Miami-Dade, and/or Palm Beach by helping create safer, more equitable, and more livable streets for all. Projects can include quick-build or permanent and long-term projects. Safe Streets Summit attendees will vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced at the 2018 Safe Streets Summit on February 2nd, 2018!

Check out this year’s nominees and vote for your favorite below! The deadline to vote is Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 5pm!

 

1. Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD)

Permanent Walking School Bus

Broward County and the team that helps to improve the BMSD area have been working on advancing Complete Streets through a tactical urbanism project that creates safer paths and a buddy system for local kids to walk to and from school.

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The built environment currently does not function well for pedestrians, especially kids who need a safe route to school. Their idea helps push them envelop on creating better streets even before long term change can occur. As the project is fully rolled out, the project will also build community advocacy for Complete Streets.
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2. City of Coral Gables

Pedestrian Awareness Campaign

Crosswalks are an important way to alert of people crossing the roadway. The City Commission appropriated $300,000, in 2017, over two years to restripe crosswalks throughout the City in an effort to begin to address the issue.

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In the first year, Public Works striped 82 high emphasis crosswalks and installed over 200 optional in-ground pedestrian signs to educate motorists and bicyclists that the state law requires that motorists stop for people in crosswalks. In addition to restriping existing crosswalks, the City installed new high emphasis crosswalks in 82 locations. These locations were selected based on their proximity to schools, City facilities and religious institutions. The optional in-ground pedestrian signs will be in place for a year and relocated next year.

In Fiscal Year 2018, the City will expand outward from the locations identified in 2017, restriping crosswalks and relocating in-ground pedestrian paddles to new locations.

Staff also visited special events and GW Carver Elementary, handing out fans, in the shape of stop signs that read “State law, stop for pedestrians”. The visit with students at GW Carver during dismissal was quite impactful, given the number of students that cross Grand Avenue, a road that carries 16500 cars per day.

The City created a Youtube video and published the campaign in local newspapers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbL-EvfPTP0

The big idea is that the message to STOP for pedestrians will be everywhere and it can’t be missed. Coral Gables will be THE City where drivers and bicyclists know they must stop for people in crosswalks.

3. City of Deerfield

The S-Curve (SR A1A)

This project is an example of agencies (the City of Deerfield Beach, Broward MPO, and FDOT) partnering together to turn a resurfacing and repaving project into one with green backed bike lanes, creating a robust complete streets project.

4. City of Delray Beach

NE 2nd Avenue Roadway Restoration and Beautification – Phases I and II

WGI worked with the City of Delray Beach, the City of Delray Beach CRA and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on the reconstruction and roadway enhancements of this local arterial roadway located within a historical district of the City.

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The City of Delray Beach commissioned WGI to lead the engineering design efforts for the NE 2nd Avenue Roadway Restoration and Beautification project. The NE 2nd Ave Complete Street is a four phase project which extends from the heart of downtown Delray Beach all the way north to Boynton Beach. This connects to the Ped/Bike across George Bush to A1A thereby connecting to bike lanes on Federal and on A1A. This also connects on the south to future Ped/Bike facilities on Swinton to S.10th St where Ped/Bike will run from south Federal to Military Trail. The first phase was completed last year and now the second phase has just started. The NE 2nd Ave project also includes landscaping for beautification and shade as well as lighting. Due to a significant portion of funding coming from the FDOT Local Agency Program (LAP), WGI’s project engineer was responsible for the coordination and specific deliverable requirements inherent in a LAP-funded project, and for addressing and documenting that all criteria and requirements of the LAP funding process.

The overall goal of the project was to enhance the roadway by designing traffic calming features including reduced traffic lanes (from 12 feet to 10 feet), raised plateau intersections, paver brick crosswalks, and landscaped bulb-outs. A unique key feature required for the LAP funding was the inclusion of green striped bicycle lanes to clearly designate a portion of the roadway for cyclists. WGI’s responsibilities included all aspects of the roadway and drainage design, surveying, permitting, street lighting, signage and striping, landscaping and irrigation, as well as the coordination of the LAP documentation which included the preparation of a Cultural Resource Assessment Study (CRAS) and an Environmental Resource Assessment report in conformance with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Authority (FTA), and the FDOT Agency Operating Agreement.  On August 4, 2017, several Delray Beach residents were interviewed by the Sun Sentinel regarding the NE 2nd Avenue Phase II enhancement project, and reported their eagerness for the safety improvements, traffic reduction, and increased multimodal connectivity to downtown that the improvements would bring. Since then, community members are experiencing a safer and more livable complete street. 

5. City of Ft. Lauderdale

Las Olas Blvd. Green Bike Box and Lanes

Fort Lauderdale's first bike box has been installed on Las Olas Blvd. This will promote bicycle safety and visibility and is one of (if not the first) bike box in south Florida.

6. City of Ft. Lauderdale

NE 13th Street - Complete Streets Project

NE 13th Street has been transformed within the City of Fort Lauderdale to create safe and inviting street for people walking, shopping, parking, and driving in an urban context. This project creates real spaces for people and economic development is integrally tied into the transformation. And paramount to all of this is the safety of people, young and old, on our city streets!

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In 2014, the City received the first Broward County Redevelopment Grant to be utilized for complete streets in the County. The neighborhood and merchants gathered to prioritize the funding and create the long wish list of improvements to the corridor. The business owners wished for on-street parking, calmer traffic, and wider sidewalks while the neighbors asked for pedestrian lighting, bike lanes, increased shade canopy, more crosswalks, and roundabouts. The design team was able to utilize creative NACTO design principles to integrate all the desires into the limited 70-feet of right-of-way. This ½ mile project along a local arterial street was designed in 9-months, constructed in 10 months within the $1.85 million dollar budget to provide a project that has reimagined a street into a place for people. The project already has had an impact on the corridor with the construction of Warsaw Coffee Company and Mr. B’s Specialties which has already created a new vibe along the street. New developments that will be opening on the corridor include Eat the Tea Restaurant, Out of Africa Art Gallery, several new cafes, and a mixed-use development are all in the works. This proves that a complete streets project not only impacts the streetscape but the overall economy of the corridor that it transforms. In addition to the new bike lanes, roundabout, and wider sidewalks, the project also incorporated many features for resiliency and public art to create a street unique to this neighborhood. The project includes bioswales/green infrastructure, permeable brick pavers, and extended medians to capture additional storm waters, reduce flooding/ponding, and create a greater shade canopy for pedestrians and reduce heat island effects. Public artwork was also integrated into the project through the use of several artistic statues placed within the median and a large “Unity Beacon” within the center of the roundabout. The Unity Beacon was designed by local artist in coordination with local community members to construct a public art piece made for and by the people of the neighborhood. The project was funded by the Broward County Redevelopment Grant, City Stormwater Funds, and local Business Capital Improvement Project Funds. Design was created through coordination with Central City Alliance, Central City CRA Board, neighborhood meetings, and reviews of city departments to create a holistic design. Design was completed in 9-months by TYLIN consultant and SAGARIS Corporation constructed the project within the 10-month schedule to deliver the project on-time and within budget.

NE 13th Street serves as a great example of partnership between local agencies, creative design practices to utilize every inch of public right-of-way to serve people, and community support to implement a project for the people on time within the constraints of time. With the implementation of all the elements to create a corridor for people and the addition of private investment to transform the land uses and amenities along the street, the NE 13th Street improvements will create the greatest return on investment in the way of safer drivers, safer bicyclists, and safer pedestrians.

7. Old Dixie Highway Project

Old Dixie Highway Project from NE 13 Street to South End of Middle River Bridge.

Old Dixie Highway is a local neighborhood road within Broward County in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Vehicles use the roadway as a cut through traveling at high speeds to avoid traffic on adjacent corridors. The City of Fort Lauderdale, with the support from the Middle River Terrace Neighborhood Association (MRTNA), sought out to make this local road safer for all modes of transportation.

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The major concerns were the lack of a continuous sidewalk on both sides of the roadway, no separate bicycle facility, a deficient alignment of the road, and traffic speeding though this corridor as well as adjacent side streets.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the City of Fort Lauderdale, and MRTNA came together to address these concerns of many local residents along this road. As a result, a design was produced by FDOT, with the help of the City of Fort Lauderdale, and the MPO, to provide a complete street facility to transform this corridor into a much safer, walkable environment for residents to walk and bike; while at the same time reducing speed as well as traffic count for Middle River Terrace residents to have a truly neighborhood road that connects them to adjacent commercial areas.

While maintaining the historic nature of this roadway, this project will provide, after completion in the Spring of 2018, a much safer corridor for all modes of transportation meeting “Vision Zero” goals, while guaranteeing road safety that aims for an Old Dixie Highway with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic.

Traffic calming features introduced to improve road safety:

a) Reduced 12-foot to10-foot traffic lanes.
b) Reduced speed limit from 35 MPH to 25 MPH
c) Raised intersections.
d) Midblock raised crosswalks.
e) Traffic circle at NE 16th Ct and Old Dixie Highway

Complete Street features introduced to improve walkability and bicycle infrastructure:

a) Continuous 5-foot sidewalk on both sides of the road.
b) 4-foot green bike lanes on either side of the road.
c) New ADA ramps throughout the project.
d) Pedestrian lighting throughout the corridor.
e) Designated crosswalks on all intersections.
f) Stamped asphalt crosswalks and raised intersections.
g) Rectangular rapid flash beacon for two midblock crossings.

Safety features introduced to enhance the driving experience:

a) Reconstruction of the deficient alignment of the road
b) Restored driveways throughout the corridor.

Environmentally friendly features introduced to reduce the project’s carbon footprint:

a) New landscape throughout the corridor.
b) Relocation of existing trees to different City of Fort Lauderdale parks.
c) Flexible sidewalks to avoid damage from the tree roots.
d) Construction of bio-swales to enhance sustainability and help MRTNA’s resilience to the effects of inclement weather.

8. City of West Palm Beach

Intersection Repair

The Intersection Repair Project at Fern Ave and Tamarind Street was a collaborative effort with the Dreyfoos School of Arts to implement a low-cost project to advance the long-term goal of safety for all users in the future design of the roadway. The location of the project was chosen because hundreds of Dreyfoos students ride Tri-Rail each day to school and cross the intersection as part of their "last mile".

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During the morning, while the 15 to 18 year old children cross the street to get a top rated school in the downtown, there are four lanes of morning traffic rushing into the City.

The project draws attention to the context of this important intersection to place emphasis on the routes of other non-auto oriented forms of transportation. This awareness is intended to slow down automobile drivers in respect for others using other modes of transportation and to provide physical comfort and interest for the students crossing the street

The process included a kick-off with the School, a mock call to artists for the intersection design, the City’s Art in Public Places design approval, a workshop on design implementation and an event day for public participation in the project implementation. This was a great partnership between the school and city that brought caution and noterity to the intersection making it better for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

9. Downtown Miami

SE/SW 1 St Complete Street Pilot

Miami-Dade County in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Miami studied the feasibility of testing a Complete Streets pilot along this corridor. Through a consulting firm, the stakeholders and the community were engaged to determine the best design. Upon selecting a conceptual design, DTPW took the lead to fund and build the concept.

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SE/SW 1 St is located one clock South of Flagler Street in Downtown Miami. Prior to the implementation of the pilot project, the corridor consisted of three traffic lanes in the eastbound direction with a posted speed of 30 MPH. The corridor had a daily vehicular traffic volume of approx. 6,000 vehicles and nearly the same number of transit passenger drop offs. The corridor hosts a variety of shopping center, restaurants, shops and office space.

Prior to the pilot, the corridor was frequently subject to speed-limit violators. DTPW had received a significant number of complaints from transit users who could not cross the street once dropped off by the bus due to vehicles not respecting the crosswalks.

As a result of the pilot project, the left lane was repurposed and retrofitted with a green bicycle lane (semi protected with plastic delineators), and the right lane was repurposed and retrofitted with a red bus lane with shared turning pockets. After the implementation of the pilot, the compliance of vehicles with the posted speed limit (now 25 MPH) increased significantly. Additionally, the bus service runs a little bit more expedient. In general, the complete streets layout implemented has served as a roadway organizer, and so far with minimum adverse impact to vehicular traffic. Additionally, the project is promoting bicycling in downtown, adding to the success of the already existing Citibike Bike Sharing Program, and the complaints from pedestrians on speed have declined.

10. Miami-Dade County's Quick Build Program

Miami-Dade County has advanced the conversation around tactical urbanism through its quick build funding. Transportation agencies are now taking steps to work on a community-led designs that don't necessary fit into the standard process of how transportation project are implemented. By pushing for these conversations to happen, the quick build program has allowed for communities to make small tweaks to their community and improve their daily lives.
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11. Plaza 98 Miami Shores Village

Miami Shores is 85 years old and designed for auto travel. Plaza 98 made safer, equitable, beautiful street design, visible to our residents.

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Although professional urban planners gave Miami Shores the design for future street improvements, and the Downtown Design was accepted by Village government, it became important for residents to experience the plans first-hand. There was no better way than to engage people to volunteer, plan, canvas the street, implement, and celebrate this design concept.

12. The Venetian Causeway Green Lane Project

The Venetian Causeway is the major bicycle connection between Miami and Miami Beach and one of the top bike routes in South Florida. Converting the existing bike lanes into solid green lanes has made them more attractive, appealing and accessible to people of all ages.

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The colored calms traffic by reducing the visual width of the road. The solid green lane sends motorists a continuous message that the space is for clean transportation. The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive and will show the benefits of going beyond minimum standards when designing bike facilities.

 

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