Photo: Allen Eyestone, Palm Beach Post
“Experts have advised city leaders that narrowing U.S. 1 could revive the stretch of highway lined with empty office buildings but those leaders are asking residents what they think before making any decisions.
The debate over the road’s width from the Parker Bridge to the Lake Park border has simmered for years, and each time residents have pushed back. But it resurfaced in October, when experts from a local planning agency said trimming the road from six lanes to four and replacing the languishing offices with townhouses and shops could stop residents from taking their money elsewhere. When shoppers skip town, they take $118 million with them, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate consultant said…
Twelve miles to the north in Tequesta, U.S. 1 is due to shrink to four lanes and get wider sidewalks, decorative lighting and bike lanes on both sides, with much of the money coming from the state.
That will leave North Palm Beach with one of the few six-lane sections of U.S. 1 in Palm Beach County…
The Florida Department of Transportation encourages wider bike lanes and sidewalks as part of its ‘complete streets’ policy. U.S. 1 has only a striped shoulder for bicyclists and five-foot sidewalks on either side…”
–Sarah Peters, Palm Beach Post
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“The Miami-Dade County Commission adopted a resolution on June 6 establishing policy that the county’s streets should be designed in accordance with the Complete Streets Design Guidelines.
The adoption and implementation of the Complete Streets Design Guidelines — as recommended by Neat Streets Miami on Feb. 21 — will empower engineers and planners to design, construct and operate roads in a way that balances all modes of transportation within a context-sensitive approach that takes street typology and land use types into consideration when planning street enhancements.
The Guidelines were created through a grant funded by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade, and are a product of the Safer People, Safer Streets Local Action Plan intended specifically for use by the county and its 34 municipalities.
Housed in the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections….”
–Gabriela Lopez, Miami’s Community Newspapers
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Photo:Divya Kumar, Tampa Bay Times
“The movement to make the city’s streets safer unveiled a new report outside Perkins Elementary School on Tuesday aimed at making the city’s roads safer, including the troublesome one outside the school, 18th Avenue S.
‘Our streets should be safe, whether you’re 8 or 80 years old,’ Lisa Frank of the Florida Consumer Action Network. ‘Many streets in St. Petersburg were designed decades ago for the fast movement of cars instead of the safe movement of people.’
The network and Frontier Group released the city’s ‘Complete Streets for St. Pete’ report on Tuesday, which is an initiative to redesign streets to make them safer for biking, walking and using transit, and that in turn will make the city’s populace healthier…
Mayor Rick Kriseman said the city has invested $1 million toward building complete streets this fiscal year by installing 103 flashing pedestrian lights at crosswalks and building 200 ‘bulb-outs,’ or curb extensions, to slow down vehicles and give pedestrians more safety space. The mayor said the city has more work to do and intends to invest the same amount next year.
‘Today, more than 15 percent of workers downtown walk or bike to work because we’ve invested in the infrastructure,’ he said. ‘We can improve the health and safety by expanding these streets to every neighborhood in St. Pete.’
The report, which will be presented to the City Council later this year, also recommended creating protected or buffered bike lanes, lowering speed limits and creating greenways in neighborhoods to calm the flow and speed of traffic.
Erin Adams, the mother of a 9-year-old girl, who lives in the Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood, said the idea of riding their bikes right now is dangerous.
‘We would love to be able to ride our bikes downtown or to all the wonderful parks around,’ she said. ‘But you can feel the wind from cars going by’…
Curtis Holloman, senior director of grants and programs for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, which awarded more than $170,000 to the complete streets project, said many cities are looking to street improvements to spur economic growth.
Kriseman said improved streets doesn’t just make the city safer and healthier. It also makes St. Petersburg more attractive to businesses and younger residents.
‘A lot of times the differences between where a company chooses to locate or not locate is based on quality of life,’ he said. ‘Having a city that is safe to walk in, safe to ride bikes in contributes to that quality of life.
‘Millennials, in particular, don’t want to own cars. They want to have good walking, and good bike paths and good mass transit. We’re working on all three of those things.'”
–Divya Kumar, Tampa Bay Times
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“The City of Cocoa, with assistance and guidance from the Space Coast Transportation and Planning Organization, began construction on Florida Avenue towards the end of 2016 to transform the road, located in the heart of Cocoa Village, into a ‘Complete Street’…
The scope of the project included roadway reconstruction, replacing the existing water main, new sidewalk on both sides of Florida Avenue, new curb and gutters, on-street parallel parking, minor storm drain improvements, pedestrian scaled decorative streetlights, signage, landscaping and irrigation.
On the north side of the project is a piece of property purchased by the City at 6 Forrest Avenue for the intention of redeveloping the site into a greenspace with a Cocoa Village gateway entry feature. Development should be underway soon for this piece of property.”
–Space Coast Daily
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