Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jeff Speck, AICP - Presentation before West Palm Beach's City Commission

Prominent authority on the walkability of cities, Jeff Speck, AICP, gives a presentation to the West Palm Beach City Commission on May 27, 2014. He was hired by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority to look at how to make their downtown area more bike and pedestrian friendly. This study, which will be released in a written report in about a month, takes into consideration changes already underway in the area including new development projects and the addition of the All Aboard Florida train station. He argues generally for 10 foot wide travel lanes, instead of the standard 12 feet, for urban areas which open up more space for bikes and, in some cases, additional on street parking. He looks at their trolley network and suggests improvements that would link the convention center and future hotel to the rest of the downtown. It is a comprehensive overview and the talk lasts about two hours.

Click here for Eliot Kleinberg's report on the presentation that appeared in the Palm Beach Post today.