Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From the Walkable West Palm Beach blog: Jesse Bailey's thoughts on "Palm Beach MPO goal: Vision Zero for fatalities"

This is a very enlightening post you can read yourself using this link. For those of you interested in "Complete Streets", road design, walkability, and bike-ability, Mr. Bailey's thoughts you'll find of interest:

     "FDOT, the City of West Palm Beach, and numerous other local municipalities have adopted a Complete Streets policy. Given the funding at stake and the consensus for building complete streets, I would expect Palm Beach County to follow suit soon.
     Let’s hope this policy allows for contextual design, rather than copy and paste road design that led to highway scaled roads in places where they don’t belong in the era of suburbanization. I’m all for Complete Streets, but applying rules without regard to context could lead to regrettable outcomes like those that resulted from misapplying highway design to urban streets. [emphasis added] Thankfully, by all accounts the FDOT Complete Streets effort has an amazing champion in Billy Hattaway, and the guidance is going to be much more contextual than rules based, from my understanding. Our local cities and county could do well to follow a similar approach to their guidance."

For those of you in Lake Worth with an interest in this topic, Mayor Pam Triolo is the City's liaison to the Palm Beach MPO. From things I've heard from the dais recently know that exciting things are on the horizon per the mayor's comments. She's excited and so should you. Stay tuned.