Department of Transportation and Public Works and partners commemorate the launch of Complete Streets Downtown Miami
The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), in collaboration with the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the City of Miami, today commemorated the launch of a one-year Complete Streets pilot project, reconfiguring SE/SW 1st St. between Biscayne Boulevard and SW 2nd Ave. to feature a red bus-only lane and a dedicated green bicycle lane.
This project, which is a direct result of the Safer People, Safer Streets Local Action Plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in 2016, provides residents, employees and visitors of Downtown Miami with safe and functional access within the Central Business District; as well as a better connection to Bayfront Park and its iconic waterfront.
“In September 2015, Neat Streets Miami Chairman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and I appointed a multi-disciplinary task force that created the Safer People, Safer Streets Action Plan to reduce pedestrian and bicycle accidents and encourage more biking, walking and transit use in Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Two years later I am happy and proud to see the positive results of this action plan, which includes the development of Complete Streets Design Guidelines and projects such as the one on SE/SW 1 St Downtown Miami.”
This initiative was needed because Downtown Miami has experienced explosive growth over the past 10 years. According to the Miami DDA, nearly 90,000 people call Downtown Miami home and more than 220,000 people travel to the area each day. Also, recent DDA data suggests people want to ditch their cars. According to a recent survey, 60% of people who live close to Downtown Miami, and 47% of those who live more than 10 miles away, say they would bike to work if they had access to the proper facilities and infrastructure.
“This Complete Streets pilot project has the potential to redesign our city streets to offer mobility options that prioritize people and community over cars and congestion,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works. “We take this opportunity to invite other municipalities, private developers and foundations to put our adopted complete streets model into practice and to partner with the County to implement more projects that promote safety, the use of alternative modes of transportation and a healthier lifestyle throughout our community.”
DTPW anticipates to implement other Complete Streets projects in Miami-Dade County. Some of the Complete Streets features incorporated into the Downtown Miami pilot project are: A dedicated bicycle lane; an exclusive bus lane; additional tree canopy/planters; improved crosswalks; reduced speed limit (from 30 mph to 25 mph); and new signage.
As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, event participants joined community cyclists on a bike ride along the recently renovated Complete Streets Downtown Miami corridor. Photos are available upon request. Please contact Luis Espinoza at [email protected] or 305-992-8122.
To plan a trip on transit, riders can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app. Also available from DTPW is the EASY Pay app, which allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket and just scan to ride. Visit EASY Pay page for more information. Transit riders now can also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.