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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