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Miami-Dade Commissioners pass safer streets resolution to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities

MIAMI (June 08, 2016)

Highlighting Miami-Dade’s participation in the USDOT’s Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, the Board of County Commissioners yesterday passed a resolution requiring the implementation of the Local Action Plan For Safer People, Safer Streets.  The plan was a product of a 22-member Local Action Team that spent seven months analyzing our community’s high rate of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities; identifying national best practices; and participating in walking tours of high crash areas. Based on these efforts, the Local Action Team for Safer People, Safe Streets recommended 50 action steps to increase road safety, enhance awareness of safety laws and empower both county and municipal staff to implement innovative countermeasures. 

“The Board of County Commissioners’ vote in support of the Local Action Team’s  Plan signifies an urgent call to action that we must do everything we can to stop  Miami-Dade’s troubling increase in pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities,” said resolution sponsor Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9. “Community leaders invested their time and expertise in the development of the plan, now it’s up to us to ensure it is implemented.”  

“I am grateful to the Local Action Team for its leadership in the completion of an Action Plan that equips staff with the tools needed to create safer streets,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  “Given the gravity and futility of these tragic bicyclist and pedestrian deaths, I have instructed my administration to act on this plan quickly and effectively.” 

In September 2015, Mayor Gimenez, together with Commissioner Moss, appointed 22 multi-disciplinary thought leaders to the Local Action Team for Safer People, Safer Streets (LAT). Through a Health Foundation for South Florida grant, the County hired an engineering consulting firm to put together an Action Plan. Staff from Neat Streets Miami managed the project delivery.  As a result, Miami-Dade County can boast one of the most comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional approaches in the nation to addressing bicyclist and pedestrian safety.

Last January, Secretary Foxx challenged city leaders to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety by joining a year-long “Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” effort. In March 2015, the USDOT and cities from across the nation launched the Challenge during the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets at the USDOT headquarters in Washington, DC.  Mayor Gimenez sent a contingent to represent Miami-Dade. For more information on the Local Action Plan and the county’s efforts, visit the Neat Streets Miami web page.

For more information on the US DOT Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets please visit the web page .

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