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Palm Beach MPO Draft Complete Streets Policy

Palm Beach MPO Draft Complete Streets Policy. Advisory Committees September 2015. www.PalmBeachMPO.org 2300 North Jog Road  4 th Floor  West Palm Beach  FL 33411  561-684-4170. What are Complete Streets?

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Palm Beach MPO Draft Complete Streets Policy

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  1. Palm Beach MPO Draft Complete Streets Policy Advisory Committees September 2015 www.PalmBeachMPO.org 2300 North Jog Road  4th Floor  West Palm Beach  FL 33411  561-684-4170

  2. What are Complete Streets? Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

  3. Palm Beach County is in FDOT’s top 10 focus counties for pedestrian & bicycle safety. • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2013 Traffic Crash Facts Report ranked Palm Beach County: 3rdhighest in pedestrian (593) & bicyclist (519) injuries 3rdhighest in pedestrian fatalities (35) 4thhighest in bicyclist fatalities (6)

  4. Complete Streets Policy Purpose: • Accommodate all users in state and federally funded transportation projects programmed in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) • Create a connected complete street network • Recognize that every trip begins and ends as a pedestrian and that all streets and users are different • Follow a Transportation Hierarchy when designing projects

  5. Transportation Hierarchy

  6. Draft Complete Streets Policy Statement: The Palm Beach MPO aims to achieve a safe and convenient transportation network by implementing Complete Streets within the context of our county’s diverse communities. The Palm Beach MPO will seek to promote Complete Streets by prioritizing the funding of Complete Street infrastructure projects, providing educational opportunities; and encouraging local jurisdictions to adopt and implement local Complete Streets policies.

  7. Complete Streets Policy Consistent with MPO’s adopted Long Range Transportation Plan (LRPT) Goals, Values, and Objectives. To Evaluate the effective implementation of the policy, the following measurable objectives will be monitored: Notes: 1. Current values obtained from Florida Dept. of Hwy Safety and Motor Vehicles, 2013 Annual Report 2. Current values obtained from American Community Survey 3year estimates, 2011-2013

  8. Applicability: All state and federally funded transportation projects that are included in the Palm Beach MPO’s TIP. • Projects exempt from policy include: • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) • Safety and Educational Programs • Planning Studies • Projects located on a facility that prohibits bicyclists or pedestrians AND transit does not operate on, nor is planned to, for the next 15 years.

  9. Process: • MPO Priority Projects must accommodate all users • Priority funding for projects that best improve all users safety & convenience • Next Steps: • Volunteer to participate in ad-hoc working group to refine Policy • MPO organizes Complete Streets Workshop as kick-off to the working group • MPO encourages local jurisdictions to adopt a local Complete Streets Policy

  10. Questions? Valerie Neilson vneilson@palmbeachmpo.org

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