San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks parklet program has already placed 40 parklets around the city and are continuing to develop even more. These mini-parks provide public seating in place of a parking space and are transforming the interactions between neighborhoods while encouraging citizens to walk and use non-motorized forms of transportation. While the main goal of parklets was to strengthen neighborhood intersectionality, some businesses are supportive of them because they are attracting more customers and also provide additional seating areas for cafes’ and others.
To read the full article, click here: http://grist.org/cities/the-littlest-parks-could-make-the-biggest-civic-changes/
The Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn, NY is well known for having an advocacy group with well over 100,000 supporters to conserve the route from being destroyed. As the New York City bike community succeeded, this lane has remained as an example nationwide for cities to not only create routes for cyclists, but to construct protected bike lanes which allows clearance between motor vehicle traffic and cyclists. Gabe Klein, Chicago’s chief transportation official said, “The protected bike lane can make a huge difference, in particular for the average person who maybe doesn’t ride every day. It will make them feel like ‘I can get on a bike too,’ or ‘I wouldn’t mind if my child rode a bike to school.”
To read the full article, click here: http://momentummag.com/features/the-rise-of-the-north-american-protected-bike-lane/
In a recent article, The Atlantic Cities has disclosed that the most important factors in “pedestrian struck by automobile” accident is the hardships and struggles the victims friends and family members have to deal with due to the tragedy itself. Solid justifications for these disasters have continuously been from the road was to wide to pedestrian not being as careful.
To avoid as many of these disasters as possible, many urban communities have accepted the concept of “Complete Streets” to improve and renovate their streets and have began transforming them into multi-functional streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.
To read the full article, click here: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/07/making-complete-streets-more-complete/6330/
To read more on Broward Complete Streets, click here: http://www.browardcompletestreets.org/
A South Florida Sun-Sentinel article is applauding the Broward Complete Streets initiative in its progress of redesigning streets while considering pedestrians and cyclists, and not just motor vehicles. Thanks to urban planners, the proper steps are being taken to begin the necessary changes in South Florida’s infrastructure.
To read the full article, click here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/editorials/fl-smart-streets-good-step-forward-20130728,0,5995751.story
To read more on Broward Complete Streets, click here: http://www.browardcompletestreets.org
This month, Emily Badger with The Atlantic Cities got readers thinking on viewing neighborhoods in our own nation the way we view developing countries world-wide. With just crossing certain intersection in many cities, the life expectancies vary dramatically due to health factors. David Fleming, the Public Health Director and Health Officer for Seattle, WA and King County expresses that in his own city, it would take 100 years for the least healthiest neighborhoods to resemble the most healthiest neighborhoods. Fleming says, ”What this really speaks to is that – because 100 years is way too long to wait – we need to be doing something qualitatively different,–adopting new strategies, new ways of approaching this problem.”
To read the full article, visit here: http://m.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/07/we-need-start-treating-americas-poorest-neighborhoods-developing-countries/6189/
WE HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND!
BROWARD COUNTY “COMPLETE STREETS” WORKSHOP
JULY 18, 2013
BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENTAL CENTER
115 SOUTH ANDREWS AVENUE
2:00PM – 4:00P.M.
BROWARD COUNTY COMPLETE STREETS TEAM AND OUTREACH SUBCOMMITTEE
1. “Complete Streets” Overview(Patrice Gillespie-Smith, Urban Health Partnerships)
2. Draft Revisions to Broward Roadway Standards (Richard Tornese, Broward County Highway Construction and Engineering)
3. Draft Policy Revisions to the County Comprehensive Plan – Transportation Element (Henry Sniezek, Broward County Planning and Redevelopment)
4. Draft Policy Revisions to the Broward County Land Use Plan(Barbara Blake Boy, Broward County Planning Council)
5. Presentation: The Transit, Complete Streets, and Land Use Connection (Tim Garling, Broward County Transit)
To learn more about Broward Complete Streets Initiative, please click here: http://urbanhs.com/initiatives/completestreets/
Blogger Blemmerman on Tumblr, attended the 3-Day Summit for Seven50, the SE Florida Prosperity Plan. He takes a closer look at what’s really being done to invite people to the summit. Also, interviews at Dover Kohl and The South Florida Regional Planning Council.
According to Blemmerman, “Seven50 now has 2 limiting factors impeding its success, and the Liberty Caucus isn’t one of them (any press is good press).”
To begin Broward county’s first Complete Streets, planners have chosen a three-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between City Hall and Dixie Highway; and Sunset Strip from NW 72nd Avenue to NW 19th Street in Sunrise.
A similar approach is already being tested on a stretch of Bailey Road that sits on the border of Tamarac and North Lauderdale.
Between 2008 to 2011, 40 bicyclists and 180 pedestrians were kill in the roads of Broward County. Currently, Broward ranks second in the state in pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.
To learn more and read the full article, click here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-complete-streets-bailey-road-20130706,0,1721226.story
To read more on Broward Complete Streets, click here: www.BrowardCompleteStreets.org
The Pedestrian Safety Walk will take place in Little Havana on June 29th at 10:30am. As part of our walk they are asking that pedestrians who have been injured, and their families, to come out and join our walk to help put a personal face on this epidemic of injury and death.