A Broward Complete Street changes our streets for people.
We're investing in safe transportation that strengthens our communities.
We're building Better Streets for people who drive, bike, walk, and take transit.
Complete Streets are streets planned, designed, and operated in the public space for users of all ages and abilities. These streets allow pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists to conveniently travel on the same facilities while using any mode of transportation. Complete Streets provides easy access to cross the street, walk to shops, ride the bus, bike to school, and drive to work in a safe and comfortable environment.
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- Pedestrian Zone- Area where pedestrians walk freely on the sidewalk.
- Furnishing Zone- Area between the sidewalk and the road. Provides a buffer for pedestrians. This area can include a variety of things to move from the path of pedestrians such as:
- Utility equipment, etc.
- Litter and recycling bins
- Signage and wayfinding posts that point to places of interest in the community, etc.
- Frontage Zone- Area in front of buildings that invites pedestrians into these spaces. Street cafes and store fronts are found in this zone.
Native plants and trees provide pedestrians with shade to make it a more enjoyable experience and provides cooler temperatures in the Florida heat. Shade also makes the area more eco-friendly, encourages physical activity, and leads to increased property values. Plants are also used along streets, medians, and other impervious surfaces to manage stormwater, this is known as Green Infrastructure.
Complete Streets incorporates street and pedestrian lighting that allows all users of public spaces to see and be seen for maximum safety especially at conflict areas such as intersections.
Complete Streets offer safe areas for transit riders to wait and get on and off transit options. Transit stops and waiting areas are usually in the sidewalk’s furnishing zone, and provide comfortable facilities such as shelters and information screens that meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.
The design of intersections is very important for bicyclist and pedestrian safety as most accidents occur at intersections. Features such as curb extensions, protected intersections, bike boxes, crosswalks, and well-displayed crossing signs can provide added benefits for all users. Mid-block pedestrian crossings are marked crosswalks placed between intersections and provide a safe alternative for pedestrians that avoids conflict points at an intersection.
There are a variety of bicycle facilities that can be incorporated in Complete Streets designs.
- Raised Separated Bicycle Lanes: Remove bicyclists from the road and onto the sidewalk, but provides a lane only for bicyclists and doesn’t interfere with pedestrians. These bicycle lanes provide maximum safety from motor vehicles. These can be one or two way lanes.
- Shared Use Paths: These paths are shared by all non-motorized users such as bikes, pedestrians, roller skaters, etc. It is a facility separated from the road with a furnishing zone buffer and is usually wider than a sidewalk.
- Separated Bicycle Lanes: These lanes stay on the roadway, but are clearly marked for bicycle use. Although these lanes are still on the roadway, they can have safety features to create a bigger separation from motor vehicles such as plastic pole separators, raised concrete dividers, parking lanes, and more.
Roadways in a Complete Streets environment should be designed to make drivers uncomfortable about speeding. The higher the speed, the higher the rates for pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. Lane widths can be reduced and the same amount of cars can travel the area causing no changes to the driver. On-street parking lanes can run next to roads and they can accommodate for parking of various modes such as electric scooters (micromobility) and motorcycles. This area can include a variety of elements such as:
Complete Street are designed to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Standards that must be followed include:
- Intersections shall be designed so that they do not create barriers to mobility for anyone.
- The pedestrian path must be free of any fixed objects that obstruct the way.
- Provide two ramps at each street corner to direct pedestrians through the crosswalk. A level landing pad and a detectable warning strip at the street edge must be provided.
- Provide detectable warning surfaces at curb ramps, pedestrian refuge islands, at-grade rail crossings, and transit boarding platforms.
- Provide visual and audio information, for instance pedestrian push buttons shall have a visible and audible indicator.
While communities work to make every street a Complete Street, the elements shown in this picture are incorporated through context. For example, Urban areas will require greater emphasis on pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access than more rural locations.