Staff Report

MIAMI – The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the recipient of a Transportation Integration Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)VIII award. The grant was issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will help the municipality improve its bicycle and pedestrian network.

“This grant is an enormous win for Broward County residents and visitors. In the past five years,nearly 10,000 bicyclists and pedestrians have been struck down and 381 of those incidents were fatal,” said Congresswoman Frederica S.Wilson.“For the past two years I have been a leading advocate on behalf of Broward County’s Complete Streets Initiative and have called on Secretary Anthony Foxx to support its application.”

The 2016 TIGER application was a partnership between the MPO, Broward County,the Florida Department of Transportation and the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Lauderdale Lakes, and Pompano Beach. Streets in those cities will be upgraded with a combination of bike lanes, pedestrian lighting, drainage improvements and redesigned with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) friendly sidewalks.

“It also will benefit neighborhoods that have a high concentration of people commuting to and from work,low-income and minority residents and existing and potential small businesses,” said Wilson.