Three years ago a blistering assessment by a national advocacy group prompted the Florida Department of Transportation to get serious about making the state’s roadways safer for pedestrians and cyclists. After four Florida metropolitan areas were ranked as the most dangerous for pedestrians, FDOT leaders began to consider making design changes such as building narrower lanes.
Proponents of narrower lanes argue that wide, open lanes encourage motorists to hit the gas and endanger pedestrians, while narrow lanes force motorists to slow down.
The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.
FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.
“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians.
11/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of Broward County’s ambitious “Complete Streets” program. It’s aimed at providing safe streets for pedestrians, vehicles, and most especially, having a more bicycle-friendly community. And more. Linda Gassenheimer’s annual Thanksgiving dinner tips. We’ll open up the phones and take calls.