The Safe Streets Awards highlight individuals and cities who have led by example in creating better streets for all users
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 7, 2019) -
The City of West Palm Beach is the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for Best Complete Streets Project. The Clematis Streetscape project received this distinction from attendees of the 2019 Safe Streets Summit, which brings together regional transportation agencies to provide a local, yet regionally connected approach to prioritizing and implementing Complete Streets throughout Southeast Florida. Complete Streets are streets for everyone and are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users which includes pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
The Safe Streets Awards highlight individuals and cities who have led by example in creating better streets for all users. The People’s Choice Award for Best Project is awarded to a project—which can include quick-build or permanent and long-term projects-- that has helped advance Complete Streets efforts in Miami-Dade, Broward, and/or Palm Beach Counties.
“We have prioritized the comfort, convenience and safety of our residents and visitors when it comes to their ability to access community destinations and public spaces,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are honored to have been named the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Clematis Streetscape project, which reaffirms that we are on the right track when it comes to our city’s future mobility and public life.”
The Clematis Streetscape project is an ongoing, multi-phase project which is transforming the city’s most iconic street into a pedestrian-focused thoroughfare.
The streetscape design includes wider sidewalks; shade trees to improve walkability; narrower traffic lanes to slow car speeds; and landscaping.
Phase 1 of the project, located in the 300 block of Clematis Street between South Dixie Highway and South Olive Avenue, was completed last fall. Phase 2 of Clematis Streetscape is scheduled to begin in the Summer of 2019 in the 100 and 200 blocks of Clematis Street and is expected to be complete in Fall 2019. Additional blocks of Clematis Street are also expected to receive upgrades.
For more information on the Clematis Streetscape Project visit: http://wpb.org/clematisstreetscape.