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Residential Traffic Calming Program

The Residential Traffic Calming Program (RTCP) represents the City of Fort Lauderdale’s continued commitment to building community and increasing multimodal transportation safety and efficiency. The Institute of Transportation Engineers defines traffic calming as “the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users.” The City responds to these negative effects by conducting traffic engineering studies that may result in the installation of traffic control devices, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, or physical roadway features.

The purpose of the RTCP is to provide a resource for residents interested in exploring traffic calming measures within their neighborhoods. The RTCP describes the general processes and responsibilities related to traffic calming so that interested parties can effectively access this City service. The program’s goals include:

  • Increase safety
  • Increase walkability
  • Create community cohesion by connecting the blocks
  • Increase business vitality
  • Foster a collaborative working relationship between City staff and residents
  • Further the goals and objectives of the City's strategic plan

 View the chapter on Traffic Calming from Broward Complete Streets Guidelines.


Florida Department of Transportation Roadway Volumes

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) maintains data on roadway volumes on FDOT Florida Traffic Online. The data helps demonstrate congested roadways and areas of needed improvements. 


Neighborhood Mobility Master Plans

Neighborhood Mobility Master Plans are neighborhood specific planning tools that are developed in collaboration with neighborhood associations and groups. The plans outline the needed network improvements and prioritize the improvements. The goal in developing a Neighborhood Mobility Master Plan is helping tie neighbor identified improvements with comprehensive City plans to promote a network of bikeways and pedestrian walkways citywide to enhance the safety and comfort of all users. Adopting a Neighborhood Mobility Master Plan helps the City Commission prioritize needed improvements in the Capital Improvement Budget. 

 


Advisories


Traffic Safety

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Fort Lauderdale is the second most dangerous place in the United States for pedestrians. Safety precautions are being taken in the City to improve this ranking and increase pedestrian and bicycle safety. The City is currently working with regional partners to develop a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan. 

Ped Data

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
  • Walk on sidewalks. If you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
  • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
  • Do not assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Do not rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the street.
  • Do not wear headphones, earphones, or talk on a cell phone while crossing the street.

Cyclist Safety Tips

  • Be visible and wear bright, fluorescent, or reflective clothing.
  • Wear a bicycle helmet that complies with safety standards.
  • Get a bell and use it to warn others of your presence.
  • Plan your journey to ensure it is safe and enjoyable.
  • Use a front and rear light at night or in poor weather.
  • Always look and signal to drivers before you start, stop, or turn.
  • Obey traffic lights and road signs and signals made by police officers, traffic wardens, and school patrols.
  • Always ride in single file on narrow lanes or roads and never more than two abreast on wider roads.
  • Ride in a straight line past parked cars rather than dodging between them.
  • Do not jump red lights.
  • Do not ride the wrong way on one-way streets unless there’s a sign saying cyclists may do so.
  • Do not wear headphones or earphones while riding a bike.  

Motorist Safety Tips

  • Give cyclists space.  Allow a three-foot buffer zone between your car and cyclists.
  • Expect sudden movements by cyclists, especially in bad or windy weather conditions.
  • When parallel parking, always look for cyclists before backing in and opening your car door.
  • Watch for cyclists when making left turns.
  • Give extra consideration to cyclists making right turns.
  • Do not get annoyed when cyclists ride away from the curb. Cyclists need to avoid drains and potholes and be visible when approaching junctions with side roads.

How to Navigate a Roundabout

Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. There are two types of roundabouts: Single-lane roundabouts and multi-lane roundabouts.

A few key things to remember about driving roundabouts:

  • Yield to drivers in the roundabout.
  • Watch for pedestrians in the crosswalks when entering and exiting roundabouts.
  • Stay in your lane; do not change lanes.
  • Never stop in the roundabout.

Here are the steps to take when approaching a single-lane roundabout:

  1. As you approach a roundabout, you will see a yellow "roundabout ahead" sign with an advisory speed limit for the roundabout.
  2. Slow down as you approach the roundabout, and watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  3. Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  4. Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding.
  5. Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout.

Visit http://www.virginiadot.org/info/faq-roundabouts.asp for more information about roundabouts. (Link provided with permission from Virginia Department of Transportation) 


Trafficways Map

The Broward County Planning Council maintains and updates the Broward County Trafficways Plan with direction from the Broward County Board of Commissioners. The Trafficways Plan provides information on road classification, alignment, and right-of-way space. 

 


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