What is the Las Olas Boulevard Safety Improvements Demonstration Project? The Las Olas Boulevard projects demonstrate opportunities to increase safety for all users while connecting Las Olas Boulevard to Fort Lauderdale Beach. The traffic safety principles of Vision Zero informed the design of the Las Olas Boulevard project and were implemented with national and local engineering standards and best practices.
For those who drive
Travel speeds are lower along the corridor reducing the chance of severe crashes and fatalities on the roadway. The demonstration project also allows people driving to move efficiently by allocating different areas for all the users that previously shared the asphalt space, like people making deliveries, people dropping off or picking up passengers or goods, and people that bike at slower speed. For those who walk.
The reduced travel speed on the corridor will reduce the chance of severe crashes and fatalities. The crosswalks at the S.E. 13th Avenue and S.E. 15th Avenue intersections feature reduced crossing distance for those walking, and an advance stop bar on both sides of the intersection to provide greater pedestrian visibility for those driving, complementing the ladder crosswalk marking (high-visibility). The crosswalk at S.E. 13th Avenue has existing pedestrian-actuated in-roadway flashing lights.
For those who bike
A designated bike lane is provided to people who are interested in biking but are concerned with biking with moving vehicles. A bike box was also installed at the traffic signal on S.E. 15th Avenue, gives people riding bikes a safe and visible way to get ahead of vehicles at the intersection during the red light phase. Read the "Get Behind It" brochure pdf to learn how to use a bike box.
The new bike lanes provide a safer, low-stress biking experience by providing protection from moving vehicles with physical elements such as rubber curbs, delineators, and parked cars. Cities in other parts of the country that have installed protected bike lanes noticed a reduction in crashes compared to conventional bike lanes, or those without a physical separation.
For those sharing a ride and making deliveries
Designated rideshare zones on Las Olas Boulevard offer safer areas for drivers to pull in and drop off passengers. The zones also provide a safer waiting area on the sidewalk. This initiative intends to discourage unsafe practices such as double parking or stopping in the travel lane to pick up or drop off passengers. Designated loading/unloading areas on the side streets.
For business owners
Bike infrastructure increases the number of people biking, which increases retail sales. Cities that have installed protected bike lanes saw an increase in retail sales when compared to similar corridors without bike lanes. (Source: NYDOT, Protected Bicycle lanes in NYC, September 2014.)