Fort Lauderdale Ranked Third in Best Complete Street Policies of 2013
In 2013, Fort Lauderdale was one of 83 communities in the United States to adopt Complete Streets policies. Broward County Commission voted unanimously in support of this program, which was designed to encourage the creation of a cohesive transportation system that provides all users with safe access to their destinations.
In a March 2013 announcement following the Board meeting Commissioner Kristin Jacobs wrote: “The Broward Complete Streets Guidelines include establishing an interdepartmental Complete Streets Team; coordinating with municipalities, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and other departments on implementation; and to temporarily suspend fees for municipal Complete Streets project applications. It is my view that this program will create safer streets in Broward that work towards efficiently moving all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.”
The Broward MPO took the reins of this initiative on July 12, 2012 by endorsing the Complete Streets Guidelines to facilitate and assist local governments in the implementation of Complete Streets. The Guidelines are to perpetrate as a template that can be individually customized based on the specific needs of each community.
The Best Complete Street Policies of 2013 was released in February 2014 by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition which examined and scored each policy enacted in 2013. Fort Lauderdale was ranked third as a model for communities across the country trailing Peru, IN and Littleton, MA both by under 5 points.
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