In case you missed it: The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) has released the draft plan for the South Dixie corridor (Okeechobee to Albemarle). Most notably, the plan has arrived at a strong consensus for a road diet and provides detailed renderings for what that would look like. A 4 to 3 road diet constitutes the highest return on investment change that can be made along South Dixie and we are glad to see this strong consensus to move forward.
What is a road diet? Watch this excellent explainer from StreetFilms.
Let’s move this process forward as quickly as possible. It’s likely to take a very long time for funds to be raised, designs to be finalized, and construction to begin. Perhaps we can start this redesign in a cheaper and more inexpensive fashion much sooner. How about we start testing with some inexpensive tactics like paint and signage? That’s what Delray Beach did with its project to narrow 5th and 6th Avenues from 3 to 2 lanes. Here is a photo of a cheaply constructed cycle track in Salt Lake City. We need better infrastructure and more livable streets now, as opposed to waiting a decade.