2022 Safe Streets Awards - Winners

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 each selected one individual Complete Streets Champion Award winner and one Complete Streets Community Award winner.

Conference attendees voted to select one winner for the People’s Choice Award for Best Complete Streets Project! Winners were announced at the 2022 Safe Streets Summit on February 18, 2022.

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2022 SAFE STREETS AWARDS WINNERS!

MIAMI-DADE

Complete Streets Champion Award

The Honorable Oliver G. Gilbert III, Chairman, Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board

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The Honorable Oliver G. Gilbert III is the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and the Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC), as well as the Vice Chairman for the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Chairman Gilbert has prioritized the advancement of complete street initiatives with the creation of TPO Urban and Non-Urban Core Task Forces that address bicycle and pedestrian mobility challenges in Miami-Dade County. He has been nationally recognized for his leadership efforts in advancing transportation by the National Association of Regional Councils ‘2021 Tom Bradley Leadership Award’ as well as the National Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations ‘2021 Outstanding Elected Official Leadership Award.’

Chairman Gilbert has demonstrated advocacy and championship to advance complete street projects with TPO SMART STEPs resulting in new approaches to accelerate future countywide implementation of safe street projects. As a result, Chairman Gilbert is being nominated for the 2022 Safe Streets Summit “Complete Streets Champion Award” as he continues advocating to advance safe streets initiatives for the residents and visitors of Miami-Dade County.

Complete Streets Community Award

FDOT District Six

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FDOT District Six successfully implemented a scramble pedestrian crosswalk on Brickell Avenue and SE 8 Street in January 2022. This project was the vision of TPO Board Member Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Chair of the TPO Urban Mobility Task Force. The objective of this project was to enhance and prioritize pedestrian safety and mobility at this high demand pedestrian intersection. FDOT District Six led the charge to design and construct the necessary improvements requested at this location. The scramble crosswalk project involved interagency coordination between FDOT, DTPW and TPO. This project highlights innovation and accelerated project implementation to increase connectivity and enhance safety for pedestrians in Miami-Dade County. This project will serve as a model for potential application at other high demand pedestrian intersections countywide.

Award Recognition: Outstanding Transportation Partner

The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County

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The Honorable Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is recognized for Outstanding Transportation Partner on behalf of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization Chairman, Oliver G. Gilbert III. Mayor Levine-Cava she has made transportation a priority of her administration and has partnered with the Miami-Dade TPO to successfully advance the transportation needs of Miami-Dade County, including advancement of the SMART STEP complete street program for bicyclist and pedestrians; verifying and working quickly to implement the Miami-Dade SMART Plan; adopting dedicated bus lanes; and, committing to implementing the Better Bus Network.
Since her days as a County Commissioner and TPO Board Member, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has been an advocate for complete streets, and now as Mayor, she is committed as Outstanding Transportation Partner with the Miami-Dade TPO.



BROWARD

Complete Streets Champion Award

Jeff Torkelson, Recyclable Bicycle Exchange (RBX) Program

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Jeff Torkelson is the Founder of Recyclable Bicycle Exchange (RBX), a program that rehabilitates, recycles, and distributes bikes to children, adults, and families in need throughout Broward County. Through this program, Jeff introduces the bicycle as a means of transportation and recreation and engaging the community in healthy and active lifestyles. Jeff provides support to bike community events county-wide. Jeff is also an official regional trainer of the FDOT’s Pedestrian & Bicycling Safety resource center, teaching Bike Safety education.

Complete Streets Community Award

City of Deerfield Beach

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In 2013, the City of Deerfield Beach adopted the City’s Complete Streets Guidelines, serving as a reference for staff when designing streets to ensure that all users are accommodated. In 2015, the City adopted the Complete Streets Implementation Plan, which defined a CS Network Vision Map, outlining a list of capital improvement projects along four initial corridors. In fiscal year 2018 and 2019, the City repaired sidewalks and worked on different initiatives such as Right2walk, Quarterly School Principal’s Roundtables and Walking Audits.

In 2021, the City applied to the Broward MPO Tactical Urbanism program and was selected to implement the first pilot project along NE 3rd Avenue to increase mobility, accessibility, and safety. In addition, the City was awarded a $20,000 grant through the AARP Community Challenge in July 2021 to aid with the funding of this project. City staff commitment was fundamental and remarkable. Elected officials were involved from the beginning and championed the project to the community. The City also worked with the Broward Sheriff's Office to conduct an enforcement campaign to educate the community about the posted speed and pedestrian crossings.



PALM BEACH

Complete Streets Champion Award

The Honorable Chelsea Reed, Vice Mayor, City of Palm Beach Gardens

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Vice Mayor Reed has led various initiatives to advance Vision Zero, pedestrian & bicycle safety, transit, and Transit Oriented Development in her community. She has also participated in numerous events, including walking audits and speaking engagements, to further Complete Streets efforts countywide. Vice Mayor Reed was one of 21 elected officials selected nationally for Smart Growth America's Active People, Healthy Nationâ„  Champions Institute Class of 21-22. She is currently pursuing a ‘Slow Street’ project to improve safety for all users.

Complete Streets Community Award

Village of Palm Springs

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In 2021 the Village of Palm Springs created and adopted a Transportation Mobility Plan, identifying a desired network of pathways to provide non-motorized users of the system a safe route to move around the Village as well as funding opportunities. Additionally, the Village has been supportive of the inclusion of the first separated bicycle lanes on a FDOT roadway in Palm Beach County as part of a collaborative effort with the Palm Beach TPA and FDOT to incorporate Complete Streets safety improvements as part of an upcoming resurfacing project along of the county’s highest pedestrian and bicycle crash corridors.


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

SMART STEP Project – Amelia Earhart Park Entrance

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The STEP was created by the TPO’s Urban and Non-Urban Task Forces to facilitate interagency coordination, innovation, and accelerated implementation of pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects that increase connectivity and enhance safety. As part of the Miami-Dade TPO’s SMART STEP, the objective of this project was to enhance and prioritize pedestrian mobility along West 74th Place in Hialeah. Phase 1 encompassed the improvements at the intersection with W 3rd Court to the main crosswalk near the transit bus stop, and the addressing of hazardous conditions caused by illegal dumping. Phase 2 comprised enhancing the entrance to Amelia Earhart Park that is utilized by residents of an adjacent neighboring located at the end of W 74th Place. Those enhancement included walkways and benches. This project was completed under the leadership of Maria Nardi, Director of PROS and Eulois Cleckley, Director of DTPW, along with the support of Miami-Dade TPO Urban Mobility Task Vice Chairman René Garcia.



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!

Make sure to check out the 2022 Safe Streets Summit Nominees!

Check out last year’s winners by visiting the 2021 Safe Streets Awards page.