Making Downtown Safer For Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Fort Lauderdale puts forth sweeping changes to transportation plan in order to change anti-pedestrian image.
October 7, 2004, 8am PDT | C. Scott Smith
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"The policy document commissioners voted on Tuesday shows a desire to get some people out of their cars, even as the city acknowledges its major roadways will become more clogged. According to the document, future development that makes it easier for people to catch a bus or walk to a store will be viewed favorably.

The city's strategies include details such as installing more bike parking downtown, getting developers to include lockers for bike riders, adding pedestrian-priority signals at the beach and downtown, filling in missing sidewalk links, and continuing to require developers to build sidewalks.

A 2003 study by the National Traffic Safety Administration put Fort Lauderdale in the No. 1 position in the country in terms of pedestrian deaths in large cities. Miami was in second place."

Thanks to C. Scott Smith

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Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2004 in Sun-Sentinel
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