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Transportation Matters - April 5, 2021

Transportation Matters - April 5, 2021

PalmBeachTPA.org                 April 5, 2021

Florida Bicycle Month Recap

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Florida Bicycle Month with us! 

During the month of March, the TPA hosted four educational webinars and joined at least eight organizations or local governments hosting bicycling events. Check out several highlights from Florida Bicycle Month below.


Florida Bicycle Month Proclamations

Congratulations to the following local government agencies in Palm Beach County who issued Florida Bicycle Month Proclamations this year:

  • Palm Beach TPA
  • Palm Beach County
  • City of Boca Raton
  • City of Boynton Beach
  • City of Delray Beach
  • City of Greenacres
  • Town of Jupiter
  • Town of Lake Park
  • City of Palm Beach Gardens
  • Village of Palm Springs
  • Village of Royal Palm Beach
  • City of West Palm Beach 
  • Village of Wellington

TPA Florida Bicycle Month Proclamation


Florida Bicycle Month Community Member Highlights

We also spent this past month speaking with different community members about their experiences bicycling in Palm Beach County. See what they had to say below.

"Coming from Chicago, I’ve been absolutely loving the variety of terrain south Florida has to offer. I bike everywhere, but I especially enjoy exploring the parks and zooming past gators and all kinds of other animals on my bike. 

My bike is my vehicle by necessity and preference, and I’m grateful to all cars that stay 3 feet away."

- Magda G., West Palm Beach Resident

 


 

"I bicycle because...

  • It’s way more fun than driving!
  • It’s good for me and for the environment
  • I want to show people that you can use a bicycle for transportation
  • It saves me lots of money each year"

- Raphael Clemente, West Palm Beach Resident

 


 

 

 

"I LOVE that I can bike year round in Palm Beach County.

However, I frequently feel uneasy biking due to the lack of connected bicycle facilities. I’d really appreciate safer routes to help me get to more destinations."

- Brian Ruscher, West Palm Beach Resident


 

"There is nothing quite like taking in your surroundings while cycling, instead of whizzing by in a car, where everything is a blur. On a bike, you see more nature and more of our community. 

It also allows you to see how much work we have ahead of us, to properly connect our region with safe cycling routes."

- Chelsea Reed, Palm Beach Gardens City Councilmember


 

"Growing up I would bike to the beach, and now I bike to more places like the office, grocery store, post office, and restaurants. It is so cool to see our community from the bike lanes and sidewalks. But it has also been scary biking in the bike lanes with 4 lanes of traffic."

- Joanna Peluso, Jupiter Resident 

To stay up to date on walking and biking events and resources throughout the year, visit WalkBikePalmBeach.org.


Upcoming TPA Meetings

Wednesday, Apr. 7
9:00 a.m.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Wednesday, Apr. 7
1:30 p.m.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
Thursday, Apr. 8
9:00 a.m.

Bicycle-Trailways-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BTPAC)

Thursday, Apr. 15
2:00 p.m.
Governing Board

Meeting details and agendas are posted at the links above one week in advance, along with an online comment form as an option for public comments prior to or during each meeting.

TPA Governing Board and advisory committee meetings are currently being held as a combination of in-person meetings at the TPA office and virtual meetings on the Zoom webinar platform. To accommodate social distancing, there will be limited space for in-person attendees. Please review the guidance at the top of each meeting agenda.  

Governing Board meetings are simulcast at PalmBeachTPA.org/Live, and recorded videos of TPA meetings are posted to the TPA YouTube channel.


April: Beyond the Driver's Seat Month and Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Safe Mobility for Life Coalition is celebrating April as Beyond the Driver's Seat Month. The goal of Beyond the Driver's Seat Month is to assist aging drivers to find all transportation options available in their communities and empower them to take advantage of these opportunities. Visit Safe Mobility for Life's Resource Center to share resources with your community.

April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month. You can join the conversation and share resources from organizations like National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Safety Council


AARP Community Challenge Grant: Due Soon!

The 2021 AARP Community Challenge offers small grants to fund “quick-action” projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. The application period is now open until April 14, 2021. Learn more at AARP.org/Livable-Communities/Community-Challenge/.


Bike to School Day: Registration Now Open!

On May 5, 2021 communities across the United States will walk and roll to support safe, active travel as part of the tenth annual National Bike to School Day. Registration is open to families, neighborhoods, and schools in order to encourage participation regardless of where learning is happening. Register your event at WalkBikeToSchool.org/Registration to be included in the national count.


Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program

The EJCPS Cooperative Agreement Program offers financial assistance in amounts up to $160,000 per award to eligible organizations for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. Applications are due by May 7, 2021. Click here to learn more and apply.


2021 National Roadway Safety Awards

The Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration are now accepting applications for the 2021 National Roadway Safety Awards to recognize successful roadway safety solutions that contribute to the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways. Applications are due by May 28, 2021. Learn more here.


Safety Funding Available for Law Enforcement 

FDOT has funding available for law enforcement agencies to conduct High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Requests for contract proposals will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Learn more at AlertTodayFlorida.com/HVE.


The TPA is Hiring!

The TPA is seeking a top candidate for its Public Relations Specialist role. For the complete job description, a summary of excellent benefits, and requirements to apply, go to PalmBeachTPA.org/Jobs.


April 2021 TransPlex Web Series

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting their TransPlex webinar series throughout the month of April on a range of topics related to the future of transportation. Learn more and register at FDOT.gov/Planning/TransPlex.


FHWA Value Capture Webinar Series

The FHWA is hosting a webinar series on Value Capture Strategies from March - October, 2021. The webinar series will review Value Capture techniques promoted in the FHWA's Every Day Count (EDC-5) initiative, with a focus on the intersection of innovative finance and innovative project delivery tools. For details, click here.


FDOT Florida Transportation Symposium

The FDOT Florida Transportation Symposium is continuing as a virtual webinar series format in 2021. Learn more at TransportationSymposium.FDOT.gov.


Upcoming Transportation Planning Conferences

To view more upcoming transportation planning conferences, visit our website at PalmBeachTPA.org/Conferences.


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