Maybe you’ve noticed SE/SW 1st is getting a little facelift. As Downtown Miami’s first Complete Streets pilot project, the Miami Downtown Development Authority is repurposing the three-lane street. In addition to a car lane, the street will now accommodate dedicated bus and bike lanes to provide choices for people to move downtown. (And no, it won’t affect the current on-street parking situation).
“It’s about street design and creating streets for people no matter how they move,” said Fabian Fabian De La Espriella, an urban designer and transportation planning manager with the Miami DDA.
Complete Streets is a nationwide initiative and design approach to street planning that enables convenient and comfortable travel for everyone.The initiative has been a collaborative approach between the Miami DDA, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami, along with support from the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) and the Health Foundation of South Florida.