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Dangerous By Design: Lack of Crosswalks in Downtown

FDOT just recently repaved a section of Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown.  I’m not sure why, but several major intersections were left without a pedestrian crosswalk. I really can’t think of a reason as to why FDOT did not take this opportunity to include 4 crosswalks at every intersection.  There is enough density and pedestrian activity to justify 4 crosswalks at every intersection.  Aside from helping pedestrians cross three lanes of fast moving traffic, crosswalks serve as traffic calming devices as well.

To make matters even worse, the intersection on Biscayne Blvd and NE 4th street had an existing crosswalk and crosswalk signal, but not anymore, FDOT decided to remove them. Check out the old crosswalk and signal right here: View Larger Map

Here are just a few examples of intersections without crosswalks:

Biscayne Blvd and NE 4th Street

Biscayne Blvd and NE 4th Street. Crosswalk and pedestrian signal were recently removed.

Biscayne Blvd and NE 1st St.

Biscayne Blvd and NE 1st St.

Biscayne Blvd. and SE 1st Street. This intersection is less than half a block away from a busy Metro Mover station.

Biscayne Blvd. and SE 1st Street. This intersection supports a busy Metro Mover station.

SE 3rd Avenue and SE 1st Avenue. Please notice the electric turn arrows, this only encourages cars to move faster through downtown.  I'm not sure if FDOT or the County PWD is reponsible for this intersection, but need a crosswalk and pedestrian signals.

SE 3rd Avenue and SE 1st St. Please notice the electric turn arrows, this only encourages cars to move faster through downtown. I'm not sure if FDOT or the County PWD is responsible for this intersection, but it needs a crosswalk and a pedestrian signal urgently.

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  1. kyle says:

    These posts honestly just depress me. Why can’t we ever do things right the first time around? ugh!

  2. G. de las Salas says:

    I was walking around Downtown this weekend and noticed the lack of crosswalks as well. It made me feel quite uncomfortable and unsafe crossing the street.

    Also, thank you Transit Miami for providing such a great blog. Its been a great way for me to keep in touch with what’s going on back home over the past few years while I temporarily live in this hell hole of St. Petersburg.

  3. Felipe Azenha says:

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. We’re just trying to keep it real here are at Transit Miami. We’re also trying to keep FDOT honest. las Salas,
    You’re right, it should make all pedestrians feel uncomfortable. It makes me feel uncomfortable and I’m a healthy 35 year old. Imagine how the elderly, handicap and children must feel like crossing Biscayne Blvd. FDOT needs to adopt a complete streets approach to design ASAP.

  4. Brad K. says:

    Where are all of the City Officials and Agencies (like the DDAand CRA) when this is going on? Is all of the talk about complete streets and all of the millions spent on master plans that state pedestrian prioriities jsut lip service?

    Proper East-West pedestrian connectivity to the parks has been in the master plans as a priority for the CRA since 1982. The new DDA master plan has an objective of “making Downtown Miami the most liveable urban center in the nation”. Instead of focusung on more studies and the pipe dream of a billion dollar convention center downtown that is not needed and cannot be financed, maybe these agencies should be more vigilant about what is happening under their noses!

  5. John says:

    I don’t think I would really want to cross in front of a triple left turn lane like this:

    Do you have crash data? I can’t imagine it was safe for pedestrians before. Why there is a need for triple-left turn lanes to begin with is a different discussion that should be had.

  6. Becky says:

    The DDA should really make sure all the myriad of agencies and authorities that control the roads and sidewalks, make sure they keep the pedestrians when they do projects in Downtown. Afterall, is that not, like Brad K. said, the DDA’s responsibility. The DDA needs to pay more attention, and work to may sure these issues don’t come up.

  7. Adam Mizrahi says:

    Good to se eyou guys bring attention to this corner of Biscayne. I am also going to write a small piece on this area, on the inconsistency of crosswalks across US1. Transit Miami keep up the good work, Urban City Architecture will be hacking away as well to make sure pedestrians are not forgotten. While I commend the strong support for bicycling over the last few years, pedestrians have sort of been forgotten. Considering there are many many more pedestrians than cyclists on city streets, it is imperative we get this right.

  8. Prem says:

    John, that intersection is within a block of MDC Wolfson and Bayside. Both students and tourists frequent that area significantly.

    You may not want to cross that street, but thousands of people do every week.

  9. John says:

    Right. I’m not necessarily suggesting that there shouldn’t be crosswalks, but rather that they might need to do more to the roadway configuration or signal phasing to make the potential crosswalk locations safe. When I design roads, I really try to avoid double-turn lanes, let alone triples.

  10. Prem says:

    What I’m trying to point out is not whether there should or should not be crosswalks, but that regardless of that discussion this intersection is heavily trafficked by pedestrians.
    And that’s something local planners don’t seem to take in to account when making design decisions.

    But yes, I’m with you in your distaste for triple turn lanes! It’s not only dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists but drivers as well! It’s easy to imagine an accident happening because a driver just wasn’t paying enough attention or over/under compensates the turn.

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