Safe Streets Awards
The Safe Streets Awards are an opportunity to highlight individuals and jurisdictions that have led by example in creating better streets for all users. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties will each select one individual Complete Streets Champion Award winner and one Complete Streets Community Award winner. Conference attendees will be voting to select the recipient of the 2023 People’s Choice Award! Be sure to join us at the Safe Streets Summit and root for your local champions!
Complete Streets Champion Award
Awarded to an individual who has been an exceptional leader and catalyst in advancing Complete Streets in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach.
Complete Streets Community Award
Awarded to a local government or organization in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach that has significantly contributed to the implementation of Complete Streets including doing an outstanding job engaging the community.
People’s Choice Award for Best Project
Awarded to a project that has helped advance Complete Streets efforts in Miami-Dade, Broward, and/or Palm Beach. Projects can include quick-build or permanent and long-term projects. Safe Streets Summit attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the best Complete Streets focused project. Additionally, People’s Choice Award nominees may have the opportunity to showcase their project at the Summit.
Deadline for Nominations was December 23, 2022
People’s Choice Award
Miami-Dade County – People’s Choice Award
1. Little Havana Pedestrian Priority Zones
2. SMART STEP Project – NW 74 Street & NW 107 Avenue Intersection Enhancing Bicyclist/Pedestrian Mobility
3. The Rickenbacker Causeway
4. Ocean Drive Reconfiguration Project
Broward County – People’s Choice Award
5. NE 15th Ave Tactical Urbanism Project
6. Prospect Road
7. Fort Lauderdale Mobility Hub
Palm Beach County – People’s Choice Award
8. Banyan Boulevard Complete Streets
9. NW 1st Avenue Street Beautification and Improvements
10. Aero Club Drive Shared Use Path
11. FDOT/SFRTA Counter at Boca Raton Tri Rail
12. Haverhill Road
13. Town of Lake Park - Lake Shore Drive Drainage Improvement Project
More detail about each project below:
1) Little Havana Pedestrian Priority Zones
MHCP COLAB created four pedestrian zones in Little Havana, a vulnerable community in Miami, to make it safer for children to walk to school. They used FDOT crash data, field observations, and community input to show that Little Havana had the highest number of pedestrian crashes in the county. The city adopted a new policy for these zones, requiring crosswalks, curb extensions, greenways, and midblock crossings. Funding for design and construction of priority one projects comes from local and state sources.
2) SMART STEP Project – NW 74 Street & NW 107 Avenue Intersection Enhancing Bicyclist/Pedestrian Mobility
The Miami-Dade TPO's SMART STEP project focused on collaborating with the City of Doral to enhance safety and connectivity along an existing shared use path within the FPL easement paralleling NW 107 Avenue for pedestrians and bicyclists traversing an otherwise multi-lane/heavily traveled truck and car intersection. The enhancements include upgrades to pedestrian crossings and the implementation of new green colored bicycle lanes. The project was completed under the leadership of Carlos Arroyo and Rita Carbonell.
3) The Rickenbacker Causeway
In May 2022, a driver hit and killed two cyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway with their vehicle. With great urgency, Miami-Dade County Mayor directed the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) to evaluate and recommend safety solutions for this roadway. Through public and stakeholder engagement, DTPW spearheaded a phased implementation approach that completed Phase I in less than one week, including design and construction. These improvements protect multimodal users by eliminating conflict points through the provision of traffic separators, conflict zone markings and enhanced signs.
4) Ocean Drive Reconfiguration Project
The Ocean Drive Reconfiguration project added two-way protected bike lanes and enhanced this iconic street to a single travel lane. These changes make it easier for bicyclists and micro-mobility users to travel safely and create dedicated space for pedestrians and other modes of transportation. With the reduction of a vehicular lane, the project has helped reduce traffic congestion, carbon emissions, and number of crashes. This project serves as a model for other cities on how to create safer, more equitable, and healthier streets for all.
5) NE 15th Ave Tactical Urbanism Project
The City of Fort Lauderdale partnered with the Broward MPO through the B-Tactical Program to implement a “quick-build” project along NE 15th Avenue. For several years, the City and the Lake Ridge Civic Association collaborated to document crashes and speeding issues along the five-lane corridor and envision a project that would provide a safer pedestrian and bicyclist experience. With the assistance of the B-Tactical Program, the neighborhood and the City were able to develop concepts along NE 15th Ave. to address the safety concerns. The project implemented Complete Street improvements by repurposing the outside through-lane to accommodate 10-foot buffered bike lanes with delineators. The project also included median refuge islands with new mid-block crossings, public art, landscaped planters, and tightening of turning radii to make it safer for residents to walk, bike, take transit and drive through the corridor. The improvements yielded a significant reduction of speeding through the corridor. The neighborhood residents were able to reclaim this road and can now traverse the corridor safely and comfortably to reach places where they live, work and play.
6) Prospect Road
The Prospect Road Complete Streets project was identified in the Broward MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan. This project represents how multiple agencies can collaborate successfully across jurisdictional boundaries to connect users of all ages and abilities to popular destinations. The City of Oakland Park envisioned many of the constructed Complete Streets and safety elements such as lane repurposing for green buffered bike lanes, landscaping zones, ADA improvements, lighting upgrades, and sidewalk connectivity. These upgrades have improved the pedestrian and bicyclist overall experience by creating a welcoming street environment that is well-connected within the multimodal network in the City of Oakland Park.
7) Fort Lauderdale Mobility Hub
The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Mobility Hub is the first Mobility Hub that the Broward MPO funded using Federal Transit Authority (FTA) grant funds for infrastructure improvements. Through a partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale, this project seamlessly integrates first/last mile connectivity and Complete Streets improvements centered around the Broward County Transit Transfer Station and the Brightline Station in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The project makes transit connections more convenient and comfortable through new bike lanes, sidewalks, new signage, ADA improvements, benches, pedestrian lighting, and landscaping throughout the multi-block Mobility Hub. This project incorporates various innovative bike lane improvements, such as a cycle track on the Flagler Greenway, grade-separated bike lanes along NW 4th St., and curb-protected bike lanes on Brickell Avenue. This infrastructure creates a multimodal environment that is supportive of redevelopment and consistent with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Vision for the Downtown Area.
Palm Beach County
8) Banyan Boulevard Complete Streets
The project significantly improves safety conditions for all users. Components include separated and elevated bike lanes, sidewalks, ADA facilities, high emphasis crosswalks, a refuge island, pedestrian and roadway lighting, and new landscape incorporating green infrastructure. Traffic calming measures were incorporated such as plateau intersections and narrower lanes. Lastly, trees and landscaping were installed throughout to provide an expanded tree canopy, adding environmentally sustainable features to reduce carbon footprint.
9) NW 1st Avenue Street Beautification and Improvements
Brightline’s newest station represents a significant new option for people to move throughout the region and to one of the best destinations. NW 1st Avenue is the location of this new stop and was recently improved in coordination with the new transit stop to ensure a safe, comfortable experience for people in the area. This street improvement highlights the importance of improving conditions for first/last mile solutions which encourage people to use active transportation instead of continuing their trip in a less sustainable mode.
10) Aero Club Drive Shared Use Path
Aero Club Drive is located in Wellington, Florida at some of the farthest reaching areas of the developed areas in Palm Beach County. Nevertheless, this roadway still provides multimodal facilities to ensure that residents have safe, comfortable access to the transportation network for walking and bicycling to complete local trips and to access the rest of the roadway network.
11) FDOT/SFRTA Counter at Boca Raton Tri-Rail
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 4 implemented the first Pedestrian and Bicycle Counter Display in Palm Beach County. This display, conveniently located at the Boca Raton Tri-Rail Station and El Rio Trail, serves as a powerful tool to communicate, educate, and encourage the public to walk and bike.
12) Haverhill Road - Palm Beach County
Haverhill Road wasn’t just road-widening to 4 lanes; it created a complete street with a pathway on the west side, a new sidewalk on the east side, new drainage facilities including ponds for enhanced stormwater quality due to the sensitive location adjacent to Winding Waters natural area, a new median to separate traffic and intersection improvements including pedestrian detectors and signals. The project required community input from inception through final inspection. Its original cost was over $6.3 mil and a 2-year timeframe for completion.
13) Town of Lake Park - Lake Shore Drive Drainage Improvement Project
The Lake Shore Drive Drainage Improvement Project addressed issues with Lake Park’s Lake Shore Drive, a main thoroughfare that became impassable during rain storms and king tides due to severe flooding and ponding water, creating a public safety hazard and a barrier to care for residents requiring emergency services. The project improved drainage and addressed sea level rise, thereby improving driving conditions, mitigating flooding-related health hazards, and creating a foundation for economic growth in a predominantly low-income area.