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Research and Analysis
Facing the same issues as other large urban areas, Miami-Dade County has developed a new 50 year unifying vision for a livable, sustainable community, anchored by the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space System Master Plan. This new vision creates a long-term guide to future park and trail development and stewardship. Most pertinent to this study is the component Great Greenways, Trails and Water trails of the Open Space System Master Plan. This component seeks to provide an interconnected trail system which offers transportation alternatives and reduces traffic congestion, creates new recreation opportunities, increases property values, protects natural resources, and encourages tourism and business development.
The purpose of the Miami-Dade County Trail Design Guidelines and Standards: Ludlam Trail Case Study is to provide specific guidance for the design and development of the Ludlam Trail and provide general guidelines for non-motorized urban shared-use trails and paths throughout Miami-Dade County by building upon the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space System Master Plan Great Greenways, Trails and Water Trails Vision. These guidelines and standards were developed to work in concert with other regional and corridor specific studies and planning efforts. In addition, these guidelines and standards intend to inform decision markers on future designs of non-motorized urban shared-use trails and paths within Miami-Dade County.
- Trail Design Guidelines and Standards Executive Summary (3.2 MB)
- Trail Corridor Map (2.5 MB)
- Miami-Dade County Trail Design Guidelines and Standards - Ludlam Trail Case Study Report (22.9 MB)
The needs of a wide array of users have been researched and consolidated into a set of recommendations and standards for Ludlam Trail and non-motorized urban shared-use trails and paths throughout Miami-Dade County.
Research of Official Documents
In an effort to build upon the work of previous planning studies and to ensure the coordination with other official documents that could influence the development of the Miami-Dade County Trail Design Guidelines and Standards, multiple sources of information were researched. The documents reviewed can be classified into five broad categories; governing codes and ordinances, guiding documents, regional transportation studies, corridor specific studies and design guidelines.
Through the review and analysis of several comparable trails and facilities, lessons learned were compiled and opportunities identified for the design of Ludlam Trail and trails throughout Miami-Dade County. These include important findings on the following items:
- Trail widths
- Separation of facilities
- Trail surface materials
- Trail furnishings and amenities
- Street crossings
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