North Lauderdale has joined a growing list of cities that have realized that a right of way should be designed for more than just vehicular traffic.
At a recent workshop, city officials, staff and representatives of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) discussed the feasibility of incorporating various elements of “complete streets” in some of the city’s roadways. A complete street is one that is designed and built for all modes of transportation; the goal is to make car drivers share the road with pedestrians and bikers.
GO TO 2040 recognizes the need for a modern, efficient transportation system to support the growth, diversity, and prosperity of the region. To help achieve this, the plan recommends policies, actions, and investments to improve conditions for bicycling, walking, and the use of public transportation, including a Complete Streets approach to planning and designing local transportation systems. Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for all anticipated roadway users, regardless of their age, abilities, or mode of travel.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.