A group of citizens and local officials has compiled a list of the most dangerous places in Palm Beach County for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Team commissioned a study with planning consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates to compile data and construct a heat map that details specific spots and corridors where incidents have occurred.
The team used that analysis to help craft ideas to help improve safety in those key areas.
The group, which began meeting in April, had its final meeting Monday before it moves forward with presenting its ideas and a plan to improve safety to the MPO’s board.
Members of the team include officials from West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, members of the county’s parks and traffic engineering departments, and residents.
Kimley-Horn’s Stuart Robertson said the study looked at crash data involving pedestrians and bicyclists in Palm Beach County from 2010 to 2014.
He said one of the most striking things to him is a dense corridor of crashes in central Palm Beach County, traveling from about Okeechobee Boulevard down Military Trail to Lake Worth Road, and from Jog Road east into downtown Lake Worth along Lake Worth Road.
Most notable there, he added, is that there has been a large number of nighttime crashes.
He also said Okeechobee Boulevard poses a unique challenge because “we basically have an eight-lane highway right through our downtown.”
Use the interactive map below to explore the areas in Palm Beach County that the group identified as among the most dangerous. The circles represent the hot spots, and the lines represent corridors of concern.
Some of the safety measures the group could propose: crossing islands, to provide pedestrians with a “refuge” to wait for cars to pass while navigating an intersection; more “no right turn on red” intersections; lanes reductions; and more street lighting.
Check back with The Palm Beach Post later for more details on suggestions the team thinks could help certain areas of Palm Beach County be more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.