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Miami Gardens wins inaugural "Street Smarts" award

MIAMI (December 18, 2015)

Neat Streets Miami and The Miami Foundation announced that the City of Miami Gardens won the inaugural Streets Smarts Award and a cash prize of $10,000 for its advancement of Complete Streets by launching a new trolley service this year.

In October and November, communities from across the county submitted applications for the “most bold complete streets action,” and the city of Miami Gardens beat out the competition.

“Congratulations to the City of Miami Gardens for leading the pack in Complete Streets,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “We also appreciate the leadership of the Miami Foundation and Neat Streets Miami for encouraging communities to think of all modes when planning for our streets.”

“We were thrilled to see innovative things happening in transportation at the local level,” Neat Streets Miami Chairman, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9 said.  “Miami Gardens’ leadership in promoting more walking, biking and transit use with the intent of improving the health of its community is a great model for others.”

Complete Streets is a nationwide initiative that encourages the development of walkable, sustainable communities through an integrated approach to the planning of transportation networks. Last year, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the Complete Streets concept, a proven factor in reducing roadway accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. In March, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez elevated the county’s Complete Streets initiative when he accepted the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) “Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets,” raising the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. Furthermore, both Mayor Gimenez and Commissioner Moss convened a Local Action Team for Safer People, Safer Streets this fall. The Local Action Team will be issuing an action plan early next year.  

“We are proud to win the first Street Smarts award because it is a signal to our citizens that we are working to improve their transportation options by balancing all modes on our streets,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert said. 

“We often think of transit solutions as expensive road and rail infrastructure projects,” said Javier Alberto Soto, President and CEO of The Miami Foundation.  “While those  are important, the 2014 Our Miami Report highlights how rethinking modes of urban transportation, like pedestrian and bike-friendly greenways, can lead to more cost effective mobility options.”

About Neat Streets Miami

Through cleaning and greening efforts, Neat Streets Miami strives to create vibrant and welcoming transportation gateways, corridors and connections that reflect our community’s world class image.

About The Miami Foundation

Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation uses civic leadership, community investment, and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We’ve partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic funds.  Thanks to them,  we’ve awarded over $200 million in grants and currently manage $225 million in assets to build a better Miami. Learn more about the Foundation and the Our Miami Report, which informs our work, at miamifoundation.org and ourmiami.org.