Sustainable Transportation and Mobility


The Wave Streetcar


The Wave is a planned 2.7 mile environmentally friendly streetcar system that will serve as a local circulator in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Once people get to downtown, they will be able to ride The Wave to get around without the need for a vehicle.

The Wave streetcar is environmentally sound in many ways:

  • It is powered by electricity, which when compared to gasoline, significantly reduces emissions and harmful air pollutants,
  • It provides a quiet ride, unlike other transportation options that are powered by a noisy combustion engine, and
  • It glides on steel wheels rather than rubber tires that are not environmentally sound and are difficult to dispose of.

The Wave will have 10 solar powered stations, each reflecting the character of the specific area. The stations will feature real-time data referencing streetcar locations, as well as kiosks displaying information about downtown destinations, attractions, and upcoming community events.

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Open Streets

Open Streets Fort Lauderdale provides recreational access to public streets for people of all ages and abilities to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise, or socialize without the presence of vehicles. Open Streets events align with the City's efforts to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety, healthy living, and multimodal forms of transportation, as well as offer Fort Lauderdale's neighbors and visitors the opportunity to experience the great things the City has to offer.

Connecting the Blocks: The Downtown Walkability Study

walkabilityThe City of Fort Lauderdale, along with our partners at the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, retained Mr. Jeff Speck to conduct a Fort Lauderdale Downtown Walkability Analysis. The boundaries for the study area are N.E. 4th Street to the north, N.E. 7th Avenue to the east, the New River to the south, and N.W. 2nd Avenue to the west.

The scope of the work included a breakdown of the street network and frontages to formulate the principal network of walkability. An Urban Triage Analysis was also performed to determine, based upon the above findings, short-, mid-, and long-range improvements to increase walkability in downtown Fort Lauderdale. City Commissioners approved the Plan in February of 2013, and the City is now in the process of implementing the recommendations contained in the study.

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

The City of Fort Lauderdale created Transit Oriented Development (TOD) guidelines to guide and encourage future development in areas adjacent to premium transit stations. The TOD guidelines aim to:

  • Create pedestrian-friendly, vibrant station areas to support the continued growth of downtown Fort Lauderdale as a live, work, and play environment,
  • Complement the downtown character areas to accommodate the continued existence of compatible uses and phase out uses that are incompatible with the City’s vision of having multimodal transportation options and safe and walkable streets, and
  • Address design, density, and parking standards in order to create a more compact development pattern that supports transit, walking, and biking.

In support of this vision, the adopted TOD guidelines aim to achieve the following goals:

  1. Promote the optimum use of transit by encouraging a mix of uses from moderate to high density within walking distance of passenger rail and streetcar transit stations;
  2. Increase ridership for all forms of transit;
  3.  Create attractive, vibrant station areas that emphasizes placemaking, transit supportive and active uses, civic spaces,
    and economic development;
  4. Create an environment that makes it efficient, safe, and convenient to travel on foot, bicycle, transit, or car;
  5. Foster and support the continued growth of the City’s economy;
  6. Encourage quality building and streetscape design that supports the goals and policies of the Downtown Master Plan, including green buildings and green infrastructure;
  7. Support an efficient interconnected transportation network that enhances and maintains neighborhood livability by linking transit stations, bike paths, and sidewalks with services, jobs, residences, entertainment, and public spaces; and
  8. Reduce vehicle dependency and its negative impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions and lack of physical activity.

Green Your Routine LogoGreen Your Routine

Green Your Routine! Three simple words that together can make a powerful difference in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Green Your Routine means working together to create a vibrant community, control costs, and build a healthy economy, all while lowering our environmental impact and adapting to climate change.

Within City government and throughout Fort Lauderdale, people are turning those words into action. Sustainability has become a key element of our City’s vision, a focus of our operations, and a major concern of our citizens. So, Green Your Routine, Fort Lauderdale!  Explore, learn, and make a difference! Learn more about sustainability in Fort Lauderdale and how you can live, work, and play green.

Bike Valet

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Have you ever wanted to go to a special event but dreaded getting stuck in traffic or the time you would have to spend looking for parking? The City of Fort Lauderdale continues to develop ways to encourage our neighbors and visitors to leave their cars at home when stepping out to enjoy special events, which is why the Bike Valet program was created. Through this program, event attendees who enjoy sustainable, easy alternatives to using their cars have a safe and secure place to park their bike in easily accessible areas during major special events. 

Parklet Pilot Program

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Parklets convert on-street parking spots into public spaces for all neighbors to enjoy. They are a cost-effective tool for increasing Fort Lauderdale's public open space and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world. Parklets aim to activate streets, create more vibrant neighborhoods, and support economic vitality.

The Department of Transportation and Mobility is committed to ensuring that the public right-of-way serves the traveling public—pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, freight, and drivers—and the people living and working along it.

The Pilot Parklet Program will create new public spaces, while still maintaining a healthy parking supply and ensuring our streets continue to efficiently move people and goods.