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Transportation Matters - March 21, 2017

Transportation Matters - March 21, 2017

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization www.PalmBeachMPO.org March 21, 2017
 

Take the "Battle of the Counties" Travel Challenge!  

The Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) has launched the Battle of the Counties Travel Challenge – a friendly, data-collecting contest between the residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties – in an effort to improve the local transportation system.

Travel information shared by participants will offer insight and a new perspective to making our region more economically vibrant. Whether the traveling occurs by car, transit, bicycle or any other mode, participation in this study will influence important transportation decisions for our future.. 

Click to take the challenge today at FLTravelChallenge.com

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March is Florida Bike Month

The Palm Beach MPO, Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach, the City of Boca Raton and the Village of Palm Springs are among the local governmental bodies that have issued Bicycle Month proclamations.

City of West Palm Beach

Palm Beach County

Village of Palm Springs

Palm Beach MPO

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March 27-31

The City of West Palm Beach encourages all commuters to try biking to work for a day or a week!
Click for event flyer (left).
Go to BikePalmBeach.org for details on the following:

  • Bike-to-Work Week Challenge - Take the pledge today to bicycle during the week of March 27-31. Log your trips to be eligible to win prizes.
  • Mon. Mar. 27 Bicycle Street Smart event
  • Wed. Mar. 29 Bike-In movie at Subculture Coffee
  • Fri. Mar. 31 Bike-to-Work Day event at City Hall
  • Fri. Mar. 31 Bike-to-Work Day with other commuters by joining one of three group bike rides into downtown West Palm Beach
  • Special offers for bicycle commuters! 
    Rocco's Tacos, Grease, C Street Cafe and LA Fitness
 

 

Saturday, April 1

The MPO and transportation partners wrap up Florida Bike Month with a family event at the West Palm Beach Lake Pavilion along Flagler Drive, adjacent to the Green Market.

Click for event flyer (left) 

 

 

BikePalmBeach.org
View community events or submit events for the calendar!

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Safe Routes to School Workshop - May 18  

 

This workshop is mandatory for anyone submitting a Safe Routes To School application beginning Sep. 1, 2017. 

The workshop will explain the program, provide tips on how to complete the application, and improve the chances of being selected for a portion of the $7 million in Florida's funding for this cycle.

 

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West Palm Beach Seeks Public Input on Downtown Mobility and Bicycle Master Plan 

In two separate but related efforts, the City of West Palm Beach is seeking public input from those who live, work or travel in the City. Please share this opportunity to provide input into the following efforts. 

Mobility Study

With a public meeting held March 8, the City of West Palm Beach launched a plan to include a series of studies for downtown mobility, the Okeechobee Blvd. corridor, downtown parking management and transportation demand. The goal is to manage congestion for the growing area, and encourage more people to get around other than by car.

Go to the new website, WPBMobility.com to offer online comments and indicate areas for suggested improvements by drawing routes or locations on an interactive map. 

Bicycle Master Plan

As part of the City of West Palm Beach's commitment to mobility, safety, sustainability, health and economic development, the City is developing a city-wide Bicycle Master Plan to advance a network of convenient and comfortable bike facilities.

Visit WPB.org/BikeMasterPlan to learn more and to view details of public meeting opportunities to learn more and provide input.

 

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Request Copies of Bike Suitability Maps from the MPO

The new MPO bike suitability map indicates the bicycle level of service for roads within Palm Beach County.

The easy to read map indicates how comfortable a bicyclist may feel based on roadway speeds, traffic volumes and the amount of space provided for bicyclists to operate.

Please email Info@PalmBeachMPO.org or call 561-684-4170 to request copies.

 

Military Trail in Palm Springs Resurfacing Project

Wednesday, March 22
4:00 - 6:00 PM Open House (no formal presentation) 

Meeting Location: Village of Palm Springs Library Meeting Room
Click for details.

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I-95 at 45th Street Interchange Improvements

Tuesday, March 28
5:30 - 7:30 PM Open House (short presentation at 6:00 PM) 

Meeting Location: Homewood Suites, 2455 Metrocentre Blvd., WPB, FL 33407
Click for details.

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Florida's Turnpike Widening Design
(Boynton Beach Blvd. to Lake Worth Rd.)

Tuesday, May 2 at 5:30 - 7:30 PM 
Meeting Location: West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth, FL 33463

MPO and Partners Host First Bike Palm Beach Event

Let's Bike Palm Beach was the theme of the first event held on March 19 by the MPO and its bicycle safety partners. Held at beautiful Okeeheelee Park in suburban West Palm Beach, the event offered transportation partner and safety exhibits, food trucks, a 3-mile group bike ride, and a bike rodeo to teach safety skills to young bicyclists. The bike rodeo was conducted by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Auxiliary, and CBS-12 provided news coverage.

 

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Westgate Bike Rodeo

Palm Beach County's Parks and Recreation Department's annual event at the Westgate Recreation Center was held on March 18. The community event included a bike safety rodeo for young, beginning bicyclists conducted by volunteers of the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Auxiliary. Free bike helmets were distributed and properly fitted, and participants rode through a course learning how to give hand signals and watch for vehicles. Jack the Bike Man, a nonprofit organization that restores and distributes donated bikes, raffled off several bikes to lucky winners. The MPO passed out bike and pedestrian safety literature in English and Spanish, and promoted the FLTravelChallenge.com survey.

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Boca Raton Health & Wellness Experience Group Bike Ride

A group bike ride was again a part of annual Mizner Park event hosted by CBS-12 on March 18. Participants in the bike ride included City of Boca Raton Mayor and MPO Board Chair Susan Haynie; Palm Beach County Commissioner and MPO Board Member Steve Abrams; Boca Raton Commissioner and MPO Board Member Robert Weinroth; Boca Raton Commissioner and MPO Board Member Alternate Scott Singer; MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren; and MPO Transit Coordinator Valerie Neilson.

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Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Safety Campaign in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs site selected for the annual Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow safety campaign was at the top of the list for the most pedestrian related crashes in Palm Beach County, as noted in the MPO's recently released Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study. The intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Military Trail presents many challenges, including large numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists, and a neighboring population with limited English proficiency. MPO staff members gathered in the area on March 7 - along with partners from FDOT and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office - to provide safety education in both English and Spanish in an attempt to curtail preventable accidents. The MPO is committed to Vision Zero, an effort to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

MPO staff members joined representatives from the Florida Dept. of Transportation and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office to conduct the annual Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow safety campaign. The intersection was selected because of its high frequency of pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

Palm Springs Director of Planning, Zoning & Building Kim Glas-Castro, who also serves as an Alternate Member Representative on the MPO's Technical Advisory Committee, assists pedestrians at crosswalks during the Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow safety event. 

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Requests for MPO Presentations or Exhibits

Please direct requests and suggestions for MPO presentations to civic organizations or exhibits at community events to Public Information Officer Malissa Booth.

Andrew Uhlir has joined the staff of the Palm Beach MPO as a Senior Planner, and will serve as the Coordinator for the MPO's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

A Florida native of Ocala, Andrew has relocated from the Augusta Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he served for two-and-a-half years.

Andrew has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida, and a Master's degree in Planning from Florida State University. 

MPO Governing Board and Advisory Committees - March Highlights

Click on the links below to view presentations:

Next Dates for MPO Meetings

Wed. Apr. 5, 9:00 AM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wed. Apr. 5, 1:30 PM Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thu. Apr. 6, 9:07 AM Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)
Thu. Apr. 20, 9:00 AM MPO Governing Board
Wed. Jun. 14, 9:30 AM

Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB)

Go to PalmBeachMPO.org/meeting to access online agendas, backup materials, presentations, minutes and audio recordings of past meetings of the MPO Governing Board, MPO advisory committees, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. Members of the public are encouraged to attend all meetings of the MPO Governing Board and its advisory committees and ad hoc committees.  

Public Notice:  Please be advised that multiple members of the MPO Governing Board or any of its advisory committees may attend any of these meetings.

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2017 MPO Calendar Update Announced

MPO Governing Board and advisory committee meetings originally scheduled for August have been rescheduled to July. Click for the revised 2017 calendar.

Please note that additional updates may be made throughout the year: www.PalmBeachMPO.org/calendar 

  • All Aboard Florida/ Brightline Rail Construction
    Construction continues on all three of All Aboard Florida's south Florida train stations including the West Palm Beach station where Brightline service is scheduled to begin this year.
     
  • Public Notices for FDOT District 4
    Click here for public notices for District 4 which Includes the following counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
  • Flagler Memorial Bridge & Flagler Drive Construction
    Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach will be closed in both directions on either side of the Flagler Memorial Bridge from 4th Street to 7th Street until the spring of 2017.
     
  • Map of FDOT Construction Projects in Palm Beach County
    Click here for the interactive map. Click on traffic cone icons for project names and information.
     
  • Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Weekly Construction Updates
    Click for announcements regarding updated lane closures and work zones due to construction and maintenance projects in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
 
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