Pedestrian Priority Zones

Little Havana on the Move: Schools 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 So Fla. 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.


Based on the Florida Department of Transportation crash data, Little Havana has the highest number of pedestrian crashes in the County. According to Smart Growth for America’s study, Dangerous by Design report, “...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 will proceed with design and construction improvements at Miami Senior High School’s Flagler Street and SW 24th Avenue crossing.

  • Drafted Pedestrian Zone Needs Assessment + Recommendations for City of Miami.

  • Developed a City checklist of criteria and approvals that are required for pedestrian zones.

  • 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.

  • Direction for Assistant City Manager to approve pedestrian zones and use a model for other neighborhoods.

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:


  • City will implement pedestrian improvements through the Capital Improvements Program, with funding from private developers in Little Havana, through funds from FDOT.

  • Improvements will be within ¼ mile of each school.

  • Improvements around Citrus Grove should be implemented first in coordination with the County.

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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