Transit Miami would like to announce that one of our writers, JM Palacios, has taken on the role of Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Florida Department of Transportation District 4. District 4 includes Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties. (FDOT is split into seven districts, and Miami-Dade County falls into District 6.)
I look forward to doing what I can to ensure that District 4 does a good job implementing bicycle, pedestrian, and transit features on state roadways. I want to see Complete Streets that further the part of the FDOT mission to enhance economic prosperity and preserve the quality of our environment and communities. Too often engineers focus more on simply moving people and goods with cars and trucks, and it takes a long time to expand that mindset. As a commuting cyclist as well as an engineer, I hope I can bring a good perspective to the table.
I should give the caveat that the opinions I express on this site do not necessarily reflect any kind of official FDOT statement or position. While that would be nice, I haven’t been able to persuade everyone else to see my point of view.
If you have a bicycle or pedestrian related issue with a state road in any of the counties within FDOT District 4, contact me at john-mark.palacios [at] dot.state.fl.us or (954) 777-4318 and I’ll do what I can to help you.
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