Complete Streets for Safer Walks
(Below) The City of Tallahassee’s Gaines Street revitalization created a pedestrian friendly street and improved infrastruc- ture to help develop a destination district that would be home to a blend of commercial, residential and cultural uses.
Courtesy of Visit Indy
By John Van Gieson
Afew years ago Florida had a vexing PR problem. Transportation safety stud- ies released by Smart Growth America in 2011 and 2014 reported that four Florida metropolitan areas — Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville — had
the worst pedestrian death rates in the country. Proportionately more pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles
in Florida than anywhere else. Beyond the terrible cost of
human life, that’s a major image issue in a state where the
economy depends so heavily on the tens of millions of
tourists who visit its beaches and amusement parks annually. Officials of the Florida Department of Transportation
(FDOT) reacted to the negative pedestrian safety ratings
by deciding to implement a Complete Streets policy statewide and asking Smart Growth America for its assistance.
Complete Streets are streets designed and built, or renovated, to ensure the safety and mobility of all users,
whether cars, trucks, buses, bicyclists, pedestrians or mass
transit riders. Smart Growth America administers the
National Compete Streets Coalition, providing a wide
range of assistance to governments eager to upgrade their
“The biggest reason for our efforts here at the Florida
DOT was the 2011 report by Smart Growth America called Dangerous by Design,” said Billy Hattaway,
Complete Streets are streets
designed and built to ensure the
safety and mobility of all users.