The Coral Gables Public Works Department is dedicated to improving the accessibility and quality of life of our neighborhoods through safer streets. The most important factor in creating safer streets is reducing speeding traffic in our neighborhoods. Lowering traffic speeds can save lives by reducing the frequency and severity of crashes. The survivability of a crash greatly depends on the speed a vehicle is traveling.
Traffic calming is a way to slow traffic down in order to make streets safer for all modes of travel. It often involves changes to the physical design of roadways to discourage speeding traffic.
Miami Dade County has jurisdiction over traffic operations in each of the 36 municipalities in the County and unincorporated Miami Dade County. The City of Coral Gables successfully negotiated new traffic calming criteria for local residential streets within the City. The traffic calming criteria includes factors that consider the context of the street such as the presence of sidewalks, proximity to schools, parks or other community destinations as well as adjustments to the current traffic calming criteria. Compared to other jurisdictions in Miami‐Dade County, the City of Coral Gables’ traffic calming criteria provides a greater ability to incorporate traffic calming within the City. The focus of the criteria is pedestrian safety. The criteria places a greater emphasis on motorists’ speeds, which aligns with research on a pedestrian’s risk of severe injury or fatality. Additionally, the criteria allows lower volume and lower speed streets to qualify if there are limited or no sidewalks and if there are pedestrians generators nearby. In general, the criteria provides more flexibility to account for the context of the street when considering whether or not to apply traffic calming measures.
In order to qualify for traffic calming on your street, a minimum of 10 points need to be earned based on the following criteria shown on the table below. Traffic calming devices need approval by 50% of the returned ballots from residents whose residences are facing the block where a device is proposed.
The City of Coral Gables and Miami-Dade County have come to an agreement to allow the following types of traffic calming devices to be installed on local municipal streets without additional county approval:
Other traffic calming devices are possible on municipal roadways but will need to be approved by the county. Click here to see a menu of traffic calming options. Note that not all treatments may be appropriate for every local street. The traffic calming option selected is based on neighborhood character, street context and community preferences.
In 2018 the speed limit on all Coral Gables' local residential streets was lowered from 30mph to 25mph. This is an important step in meeting our traffic calming goals and creating safer, more livable neighborhoods. You can view a map of all new 25mph signs here.
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