Walkability Wins Part Twenty-One: Pedestrian Safety is the Goal!

A new roundup of Walkability Wins. This week we’re showcasing the movement by highlighting more places across the country advancing pedestrian-friendly agendas.

Indianapolis, Indiana

General Ordinance No. 27 passed by the City-County Council in June 2023 is aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety. This includes No Turn on Red, which restricts turning on red to prevent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists in an intersection. Public Works crews in downtown Indianapolis will install No Turn on Red signs in 97 intersections in the upcoming weeks. 

Doral, Florida

A suburb of Miami-Dade County is transforming an office park into a walkable 120-acre urban center named Downtown Doral. This redevelopment aims at creating a mixed-use walkable downtown, incorporating retail, parks, green spaces, and schools. This redevelopment is successful due to its flexible planning approach, accommodating changes based on community needs. 

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Sheboygan County is actively promoting cycling and pedestrian safety by addressing the need for expanded non-motorized infrastructure. The community’s efforts come in response to the conclusion of federal grant funding, totaling $25 million, which was used to improve sidewalks and non-motorized transportation projects. The Department of Public Works and the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission are now seeking public input on “Complete Streets” policy and a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and have applied for a “Safe Streets for All” grant. 

Tyler, Texas

ADA improvements in North Broadway Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are making the streets significantly safer for pedestrians with funding from the FHA and the City of Tyler. The improvements were part of a city-approved project to enhance traffic safety at 16 intersections. The upgrades were part of the 2020 Highway Safety Improvement Program aimed to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries on public roads.

Boise, Idaho

Huge pedestrian upgrades are coming to downtown Boise. Two major projects are underway. The first, replacing a parking lot for a park that will offer open spaces, tree canopies, and gathering spaces. The second, a path linking East Boise to downtown. This will be a multi-use pathway that will connect a recently installed pedestrian crossing at Dona Larsen Park through the Boise Canal. This will create a “safe, convenient, low-stress bike and pedestrian alternative.”

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