Bicycles and Pedestrians
Complete Streets (www.completestreets.org)
Making streets accessible for everyone to use safely and conveniently, users include motorists, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. By providing for these diverse users, complete streets can improve safety and health.
Florida State Statute reads: “Bicycle and pedestrian ways shall be established in conjunction with the construction, reconstruction or other change of any state transportation facility and special emphasis shall be given to projects in or within 1 mile of an urban area.”
Road Diets are another piece of the complete street puzzle. In 1996 Dan Burden (http://www.walkable.org/) and Peter Lagerwey introduced to the planning and engineering world the term "Road Diets."
Many hundreds of towns are introducing road diets (any reduction of vehicle lanes). Some of these former 4-5 lane roads are carrying 18-23,000 ADT. Thinner roads in urban spaces are proving to be safer, more economical and a better deal for healthy communities in many applications. Narrower lanes, in the right applications, move traffic slower and better. No capacity is lost, and with lowered speeds, safety is gained. Intersections can be more efficient, since signal cycles can be shortened in many cases.
As a general rule a Lane Diet introduces 10 foot travel lanes, and
9-10 foot storage lanes.