DATE: September 27, 2013
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
Broward County, Fl - The creation of “Complete Streets” in Broward County is coming closer to fruition with plans and policies in the works that will lead to safer streets that are designed for everyone, whether young or old, on foot or a bus, bicycling or in a car. “They are just the use of all of our rights of way to accommodate all modes of mobility regardless of age or ability,” said Henry Sniezek, Broward County’s Director of Planning and Environmental Regulation in a presentation to Commissioners.
Bailey Road in Broward County recently underwent this renovation to incorporate wide sidewalks with shaded pathways and trees, buffered bike lanes and the speed limit was lowered to thirty five miles an hour.
The Davie Road extension is a priority project that will also have buffered bike lanes with a pullout area for buses. A continuous sidewalk would be enhanced with illuminated crosswalks to promote pedestrian safety. In the future, additional streets may have “refuge” areas where pedestrians can safely stop if caught in between traffic signals. A number of other projects are planned throughout the year.
Proposed revisions to the County's roadway design standards include reducing the lane width from eleven feet to ten feet, in appropriate areas, to accommodate bicycle lanes, or other "Complete Streets" features. Bicycle lanes may also have a different look that includes a green background to emphasize the lane as a protected area.
Also discussed was the creation of “parklets” within Broward County. Parklets trade parking spaces for additional room to be used for other outside activities, such as dining. “Increased business from the use of this space, increases revenue for the businesses and can create jobs,” said Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who initiated the County's Complete Streets program.
Broward County staff has formed a Complete Streets Team to propose the appropriate framework such as land development codes, roadway standards, transportation policies, outreach and funding strategies to fully implement the Complete Streets program. Fort Lauderdale and Coconut Creek have started their own Complete Streets projects.
“Not every street is going to have the right environment to meet Complete Street standards. But we are trying to find where they can be and move that process along,” noted Mayor Jacobs.