Okeechobee Corridor Public Meeting & Charrette Produces Ideas, Possible Solutions
Hundreds turned out to give input on the future of Okeechobee Boulevard
Residents provide feedback to planners on proposed ideas
After four days of public meetings and an interactive charrette that turned out hundreds of residents and stakeholders to generate ideas about the future of Okeechobee Boulevard, Alta Planning + Design--the planning agency tasked with conducting the City’s mobility study-- unveiled ideas and concepts about the future of the Okeechobee Corridor for consideration by the City.
“We are really pleased that so many people attended this event, so that we can incorporate their thoughts and feedback into the City’s future mobility network strategy,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are committed to making Okeechobee safer and more efficient and, also, to creating more transportation choices for everyone. It’s good for business and quality of life.”
During the charrette, attendees broke into small groups and were challenged to come up with solution-oriented suggestions for the City’s infrastructure. They shared their ideas with the engineers and City planners to consider. Options presented in the final report include:
- Intersection improvements including high emphasis crosswalks
- Bus routing optimization
- Walking/biking network
- Streetscape standards/lighting standards
- Improving way finding
- Reducing cycle length
- Dedicated bus/transit lanes
- Tunnel with pedestrian plaza
- Transit hub
Attendees were deputized as planners
Key themes of the meeting included expanding travel choices; improving safety; and improving the predictability and reliability of using the corridor. The final report can be viewed at www.wpbmobility.com.
“The City received a lot of great ideas, and we’re going to be busy developing these ideas into projects for presentation to our City Commission and stakeholder groups,” said Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelley.
The four-day charrette and public meeting was kicked off with a talk by Gabe Klein, a consultant working on the study, TEDx speaker, and nationally known cities expert. Klein is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C. Departments of Transportation and a former ZipCar executive.
"Putting people first should always be the focus when it comes to developing solutions for the Okeechobee Corridor," he told attendees.
The City of West Palm Beach has been studying mobility and transportation in the City—especially along the Okeechobee Corridor-- since March. In addition to working with some of the greatest experts in the field, the City has been collaborating with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Florida Department of Transportation, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, U.S. Coast Guard, Town of Palm Beach, Tri-Rail, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and many, many more neighborhood and community groups.
The City of West Palm Beach will soon announce a series of meetings with neighborhood and community groups to speak one-on-one with residents about their mobility and transportation needs. Members of the public who did not attend the charrette and still wish to share their thoughts on the Okeechobee Corridor can contact City planners and the mobility team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a tweet to Mayor Muoio using the hashtag #MobilityMayor.
Click the image to view the WPB-TV Coverage of the Charrette!
Okeechobee Corridor Charette and Public Meeting: Day 1
Gabe Klein: My Message to West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach Residents Give Input at Okeechobee Charrette