Pedestrian Priority Zones

Healthy Little Havana: Children First

Pedestrian Zone Locations: Zones are located within a 1/4 mile of the four main schools.

Project Description:


MHCP COLAB is creating 4 pedestrian zones around 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.


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. Smart Growth for America’s study, Dangerous by Design reports that, “...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.”.



Community Benefits:

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.





  • 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.

  • City has agreed to adopt and approve plan recommendations and make the PPZ a capital project.

  • Developed design criteria and approval checklist with DTPW and City.

  • Created a work plan of construction projects with preliminary cost estimates.

  • Support from Commissioner Carollo and Commissioner Higgins.

  • Support from FDOT and Safe Routes to Schools.

  • Support from Miami Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works.

Five-year Pedestrian Crash Data: Shows concentrations on main arterials around schools

Citrus Grove: Children crossing busy arterial midblock to closest school entrance, with no crosswalk or signal. 


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. 


Intended Results:


  • 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.

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 .


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