Old Cutler Road project part of ‘Complete Streets Forum’

Old Cutler Road project part of 'Complete Streets Forum'

Cutler Bay town manager Rafael Casals discusses the Old Cutler Road project at the forum.

Cutler Bay town manager Rafael Casals participated in the “2015 Complete Streets Forum” in June, joining other Miami-Dade leaders and more than 100 traffic engineers and planners for the event

The theme was “Beyond the Car: Implementing Complete Streets to Achieve Safer, Inviting Corridors and Gateways.” It took place at Miami Dade Community College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The forum was presented by Miami-Dade County in partnership with the Miami Foundation, Neat Streets Miami, Urban Health Solutions, Miami DDA, Kimley-Horn & Associates, and the Florida Department of Transportation.

“The Complete Streets Forum organizers selected our Old Cutler Roadway Improvements Project as an example for how a roadway can be designed to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists,” Casals said. “I was honored to provide industry professionals a history of the several public involvement meetings that were held by the town during the design phase of the Old Cutler Road project. We should be a very proud community, that our project encompasses every aspect that the Complete Streets Program focuses on.”

Complete Streets is a nationwide initiative that encourages the development of walkable, sustainable communities through an integrated approach to the planning of transportation networks. Last year, the Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the Complete Streets concept, a proven factor in reducing roadway accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The Town of Cutler Bay has adopted the Complete Streets Concept and has received awards for two roadway improvement projects — Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Boulevard.

Neat Streets Miami, formerly known as the Community Image Advisory Board, is a multi-jurisdictional board dedicated to creating and maintaining beautiful gateways, corridors and connections. It strives through cleaning and greening efforts to create “vibrant and welcoming transportation gateways, corridors and connections.”

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