The City of Miami Beach, along with the project design team from Street Plans, will host an open house this Saturday for the public to learn about the relaunch of the community-initiated Flamingo Park Slow Streets.
As part of a robust public engagement process, two meetings have taken place already. This open house will be the third and final meeting this month.
The project will link Flamingo Park, a community hub, including tennis courts, playgrounds, swimming pools, sports fields, and more, with the neighborhood via the entrances on Jefferson Avenue and 13th Street.
These corridors were selected based on feedback from two community workshops held in Spring 2022.
Plans propose various improvements for Jefferson Avenue to enhance safety and comfort for bicyclists and pedestrians. These include curb extensions to decrease crossing distances and increase visibility, and the introduction of protected bicycle lanes.
Additionally, the street will be narrowed and speed cushions will be installed to slow down vehicular traffic.
13th Street would receive curb extensions and other traffic calming measures.
This project represents a significant reimagining of public streets, taking a holistic approach and helping to achieve the mode-shift goals adopted by the City Commission.
Policy makers have expressed interest in expanding this program to other city neighborhoods.
Data collected during the Slow Streets 1.0 program showed an increase in people walking and biking, and a decrease in motorists.
The open house will take place from 9 AM to 11 AM at the PAL Community Room, 999 11 Street. The entrance is on the west side of the parking lot, halfway between 11th and 12th Streets.