Florida's Fake Crosswalks are Killing Pedestrians
- A Letter from a Frustrated Florida Pedestrian & Cyclist -
By Jeff Redding
If you want to report broken sidewalks, light out, etc.. you can visit SeeClickFix.com where you can track the issue.
1. The FDOT is violating Unmarked
and Uncontrolled Mid-Block Crosswalk Safety
2. The FDOT is violating Sidewalk Obstruction Safety Standards (and committing ADA Fraud).
The Smart Growth America, Dangerous
By Design 2019 Report ranked the 104 largest
U.S. metro areas according to a “Pedestrian Danger
Index,” 9 of the top 10 most dangerous
metropolitan areas were in Florida. A
September 25th, 2018 Wall Street Journal Article
shows how Florida is also by far the deadliest
State for Cyclist.
Crosswalks Link shows how the FDOT places
Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks on High Traffic , High
Speed Roads. This failure to comply with
established Safety Standards has resulted in many
pedestrians deaths. Mothers with Baby
Strollers (Jessica and Lillia), elderly women using
walkers (Isabel), school children (Alexis), and most
likely many others have been killed. Yet, the
FDOT continues to install these dangerous Crosswalks
all around the State.
Click on the Photos
Link to view photos and Google Street Views of
the 12 Fake Crosswalks recently installed on Bee
Ridge Road in Sarasota, Florida. At a cost of
$17 million, perhaps the most expensive Real Estate
in Florida is not on our Beach Shores, it is in our
Obstructions Link shows how the FDOT
misrepresents the ADA to justify placing Light Posts
in the middle of sidewalks rather than in the
Utility Strip. Children on bicycles, Mothers
with strollers, and elderly disabled pedestrians all
use the Sidewalk in the below photo. Yet, the
FDOT tells an ABC News Reporter that they can place
the Post anywhere on the sidewalk as long as a
Standard Wheelchair can pass by the post. (As
a vision impaired disabled veteran, I consider this
Unlawful ADA Fraud.)
I feel so bad for the McDermotts. These Light Post Meter Box Covers on the sidewalks are often broken. This is another good reason for utilizing the Utility Strip for Utilities and not our Right of Way. Rest in Peace Charlie.
You Can Help
Please click here to find contact information for your Florida Legislative Representatives, and ask them to sponsor two Pedestrian Safety Bills.
1. The Jessica, Lillia, Isabel, and Alexis Pedestrian Safety Compliance Bill. This Bill would relinquish control of Local Roads (roads with speed limits of 45mph and below) from the FDOT to Local Authorities (like in most other States). This Bill would also require FDOT Employees to undergo training in the use of Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks and Pedestrian Safety Islands.
2. The Sidewalk Obstruction Clear Zone Compliance Bill. This Bill would require that State FDOT District ADA Coordinators have former Education and Work Experience in the ADA. This Bill also requires FDOT Employees to undergo training in FHWA Clear Zone Safety Standards and ADA Wheelchair Pass By Standards. In addition this Bill requires the FDOT to relocate Street Lamp Posts which violate FHWA Clear Zone Standards.