Pedestrian Priority Zones
HEALTHY LITTLE HAVANA: CHILDREN FIRST
MHCP COLAB is creating 4 pedestrian zones within 1/4 mile of local schools in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to make it safer for children and parents to walk to school in partnership with the City of Miami and Health Foundation of South Florida. This includes a media and public relations campaign.
Pedestrian zones are a way to work with municipalities and transportation agencies to make safety improvements for people walking and especially children and seniors who are more likely to be hit by cars.
Five-year Pedestrian Crash Data: Shows concentrations on main arterials around schools
Little Havana has the highest number of pedestrian crashes in the County according to the Department of Highway Safety Motor Vehicles provided by the Florida Department of Transportation crash data.
“...while traffic deaths impact every community in the United States, states and metropolitan areas across the southern continental United States, older adults, people of color, and people walking in low-income communities bear a higher share of this harm.”
--Smart Growth for America, Dangerous by Design.
These design criteria have been adopted by the City of Miami and will be implemented in the four Pedestrian Priority Zones:
For designated Little Havana Greenways, improve crosswalks at all four (4) crossings , regularly planted trees, curb extensions and painted and striped parking lanes.
Improve intersections for roadway collectors with high-emphasis crosswalks at all four (4) crossings and curb extensions for intersections with greenways.
Improve pedestrian signals at existing signalized intersections with pedestrian signals, leading pedestrian intervals and pedestrian countdowns on all signal heads.
Initiate “no right turns on red” for turning movement towards schools at signalized intersections during school hours.
Study opportunities for mid-block crossings on established routes to schools that are more than three hundred feet (300’) from the nearest traffic signals and include pedestrian refuge islands.
Restripe faded crosswalks and stop lines, school zone signs and replanting empty curb extension planters through County maintenance agreements.
Install 25mph speed limit signs on residential streets.
Citrus Grove: Children crossing busy arterial midblock to closest school entrance, with no crosswalk or signal.
The pedestrian zones in Little Havana will support roadway improvements like more crosswalks, more street trees, 25mph speed limits on local streets, longer crossing times around schools and better maintenance to make it safer for children and parents to walk to school.
They will be located within a ¼ mile radius of four main schools: Citrus Grove Elementary and Middle, Miami Senior High School, Riverside Elementary and Ada Merritt/Riverside Park/Jose Marti Park.
Riverside Park: Adults take matters into their own hands to cross this major intersection to Riverside Park and beyond to Ada Merritt K-8 School.
Riverside Elementary: This child prefers to cross outside of the crosswalk and further away from the busy street, but crossing at the stop line creates another safety risk .
Adopted into City Code of Ordinances, December 2020
Established partnership with District 3, Commissioner Carollo who is spearheading construction improvements and funding.
FDOT is designing improvements at Miami Senior High School’s Flagler Street and SW 24th Avenue crossing.
Miami Dade County Department of Transportation + Public Works (DTPW) is restriping faded crosswalks and stop lines and installing new signs.
Miami Senior High School: MHCP COLAB observed students were using this island to cross before reaching the light. FDOT agreed to redesign the intersection for safer crossings by next year.
Design and construct Priority one projects through the Capital Improvements Program starting FY 20/21.
Priority two, three and four will be constructed according to the City's Capital Improvement Plan.