It’s no secret that Miami-Dade County is not a safe place to walk or bike. The 1,675 pedestrian deaths between 2010 and 2019 place it 13th among the country’s most dangerous metro areas for walking, according to Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design 2021. Fortunately, our clients at FDOT are going all in on pedestrian and bicyclist safety through better road design, education, and enforcement. But the scale of the challenge is immense: Miami-Dade County has more than 1,500 miles of non-residential roadways, which is equivalent to the distance between Miami and Bogotá, Colombia. Where should FDOT focus its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety?
The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan identified the need to track Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s support of walking and biking. Kittelson was tasked with developing near-term measures—performance measures that can be implemented using existing data sources in the near-term—as well as future measures for which data is not currently available.
In September 2010, the District of Columbia and Arlington County launched Capital Bikeshare as one of the first large-scale bikeshare systems in North America. Within 10 years of its launch, the system grew into one of the largest and most popular bikeshare programs in the nation. At the same time, the bikeshare industry has experienced tremendous change—over $2 billion in private capital has fueled the creation of new business models, technology, and competitors.
The Palisades Trolley Trail is located along the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) owned Right-of-Way (ROW) of the former Glen Echo Trolley Line northwest of Georgetown. The ROW has operated as an informal and disconnected walking trail behind homes in Palisades and Foxhall. The one remaining trolley bridge, the Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle Bridge, is a contributing resource in the historic Glover-Archbold Park and is in danger of collapse. In 2018, concerns by historic preservation and other groups about the potential demolition of the bridge led DDOT to undertake a study to determine whether the Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle Bridge could be repurposed into a bicycle-pedestrian bridge as part of a connected multi-use trail as proposed in moveDC, DDOT’s long-range transportation plan.