In recent years, there has been a slight upward trend in the total number of pedestrian crashes.
- In the first half of 2015, the number of traffic related deaths went up 8.1 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- The Smart Growth America's Dangerous by Design 2014 report ranks the Miami-Fort Lauderdale urban area fourth in the nation for pedestrian deaths. As of 2017, we are ranked 11th in the nation.
- With traffic related deaths increasing in Miami-Dade, it is estimated that over 200 people will die this year on our roadways.
- The yearly number of bicyclist injuries in Miami-Dade County has more than doubled since 2006.
- Miami-Dade has a higher percentage of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths than the State of Florida and the United States as a whole.
Fortunately, Miami-Dade County is among the first communities in the nation to participate in the nationwide initiative of providing a more livable Miami-Dade by creating safer streets to accommodate all types of transportation. Though there is no silver bullet that will end traffic deaths, we believe that we can work toward lowering traffic related deaths and move toward a fatality-free street system for all to enjoy.
What We Do
Local Action Plan
The Safer People, Safer Streets Local Action Team put together the Local Action Plan, a collection of recommendations from meetings, public feedback from workshops, data, local conditions and national best practices. The plan works toward making it safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities to reach their destination whether by car, transit, bike, or foot, and reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes, as well as encourage more biking, walking, and transit use in Miami-Dade County.
Complete Streets Design Guidelines
To fulfill a critical action item in the Safer People, Safer Streets Local Action Plan, Miami-Dade County developed the Complete Streets Design Guidelines. These guidelines provide consistency in policy and design guidance to all parties involved in street design projects: governmental agencies, consultants, private developers, and community groups.
Neat Streets Miami has drafted the Complete Streets Design Guidelines, thanks to a Partners in Community Health (PICH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control through the Florida Department of Health. This resource is a key recommendation from the recently adopted Safer People, Safer Streets Local Action Plan.
Partners in the development of the guidelines include:
- Department of Transportation and Public Works
- Regulatory and Economic Resources Department
- Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Miami-Dade Police Department
Finally, we thank the numerous municipalities, trade associations and non-profits who helped review the guidelines to ensure it is reflective of our great community's needs.
What You Can Do
Whether you are walking, biking, taking transit or driving, you can be part of the solution.
- Read the Local Action Plan and Complete Streets Guidelines.
- Participate in an upcoming bike ride or event.
- Learn about Florida Department of Transportation's Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign.
You can also follow some basic guidelines and tips to help make our streets, and keep yourself, safer:
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Slow Down.
- Expect walkers and cyclists.
- Put on your blinker.
- Obey traffic signals and stop signs.
- Share the road.
- Go with the traffic flow.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Yield to traffic when appropriate.
- Refrain from weaving in and out of cars.
- Signal your moves to others.
- Stay alert at all times.
- Watch for parked cars.
- Cross in designated areas.
- If there is a sidewalk, use it.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road to observe incoming traffic.
- Don't use your cell phone while you are walking.
- When crossing at a signaled intersection, wait until the light is red for the motorists.