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Contextual design underpins new FDOT Complete Streets plan, allows 10′ lanes and cycle tracks

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Great news for safer streets in Florida. Billy Hattaway, FDOT District One Secretary, has revealed more details on the progress of the FDOT Complete Streets implementation plan and by all accounts, it promises to be transformative. Mr. Hattaway had this to say in an email:

Our Complete Streets efforts are changing our approach to street/highway design from a “one size fits all approach” to a context based approach. Our designs will treat rural, suburban and urban downtowns very differently than our current approach. As an example, instead of having 12’ lane widths for all of our standard designs, we will be incorporating 10’, 11’ and 12’ lanes based on context.

Similarly, we will have different treatments for bicycle facilities, including shared lanes, our new standard 7’ buffered bike lanes, and cycle tracks, based on context, just as you described in your e-mail.

The implementation plan will be finalized by the end of this year, according to Mr. Hattaway, with much of the implementation work happening in early 2016.  Thank you FDOT for taking seriously the safety crisis on Florida’s streets. Bravo to Billy Hattaway for his leadership in making Florida a safer and more livable place. This is a huge step forward for Florida.

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2 thoughts on “Contextual design underpins new FDOT Complete Streets plan, allows 10′ lanes and cycle tracks

  1. I hope Billy can pull off this change.

    We must remember that this is the same agency that increased the lane width from 11′ to 12′ on the Southern Boulevard Bridge over the intercoastal while still providing narrow 6′ wide sidewalks. 11′ lanes were the approved typical section at the public hearing. It is not providing true protected bike lanes for this bridge, but it found an extra $30 million to build a temporary bridge to not inconvenience drivers. It is ok we had a public hearing 10 years ago on the project and few public meetings later.

    It is also the same agency that initially told us on Quadrille that 10′ lanes aren’t allowed on state highways. We had to send them a copy of their own design manual to show them they could be allowed in some situations. Also, on Quadrille when we took the time to draw up a complete plan that would add world classs protected bike lanes at minimal cost, we were told that it was untested method and that we need to wait for a FHWA report.

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