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Bicycles and Pedestrians


A1A Cycling The City of Boca Raton's Bicycles/Pedestrians Program is designed to improve and enhance access to existing facilities and programs, and to increase the public awareness of bicyclists and other pedestrian users of pathways and roadways. There are four areas in which the program is designed to address awareness: Engineering, Education, Encouragement and Enforcement.

Engineering:

The City is actively pursuing the improvement of the physical facilities that bicyclists and pedestrians now, and in the future, will utilize. The City is taking bold steps to provide safer road systems and sidewalks that will make Boca Raton truely "Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly." The concept of a comprehensive network that links and connects recreation facilities, environmentally sensitive lands, neighborhoods, work places and commercial areas will allow not only recreational use of these facilities, but will provide an alternative means of transportation for all of our residents. There are four basic facilities: bike lanes, shared-use paths, bike routes and sidewalks.

Education:

Education is the key to providing the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce conflicts between bicycles, pedestrians and motor vehicles. Accident statistics indicate that lack of knowledge and skills is the key factor in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities and crashes. Helping children develop safe traffic behavior, such as stopping at the edge, searching left-right-left, scanning to the rear, signaling, and avoiding hazards are skills that can help save their lives.

Encouragement:

The promotion of bicycle use and walking is the goal of the encouragement element. There are many reasons why people do not bike or walk to work or school. This encouragement element points out the numerous health and environment benefits associated with this change in driving habits. This is accomplished through Public Service announcements, quarterly newsletters, and the establishment of Bike to Work programs. Currently, the City of Boca Raton has adopted development regulations that require new developments to provide bike racks and requires downtown developments to provide transportation demand management strategies to encourage walking, biking, riding the bus or train to work.

Enforcement:

An effective bicycle enforcement program addresses public safety and crime prevention. The program has three processes: (1) identifying the laws being broken, (2) the enforcement of the traffic laws, and (3) process of correcting and remeditating traffic law violators.

If you have any questions concerning the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, please contact the City's Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, Joy Puerta, at 561-416-3410 or email at jpuerta@myboca.us.

Bike SignBoca Raton is committed to promoting and encouraging bicycling as a safe, economical, environmentally friendly, and health-conscious mode of transportation that is a viable and convenient alternative to the automobile. The City strives to work to significantly increase its proportion of travel by bicycle by providing facilities, services, and programs that promote bicycling.

El-Rio TrialBoca Raton has been a leader in Palm Beach County in the development of innovative bicycle projects and programs for over a decade. The basic grid of the City's bikeways system now totals over forty-four miles of bike lanes/paved shoulders and thirty miles of off-road shared-use paths. Over the years the network has been enhanced by unique and highly successful projects such as the A1A bicycle lanes, the El-Rio Shared Use Trail and the Patch Reef Trail (several of the first projects using Federal funds in Palm Beach County).


Walking in Boca Raton...

Boca Raton is committed to promoting and encouraging walking as a safe, economical, environmentally friendly, and health-conscious mode of transportation that is a viable and convenient alternative to the automobile. The City continues to work to significantly increase its proportion of travel by foot by providing facilities, services, and programs that promote walking.

Boca Raton has been a leader in Palm Beach County in the development of innovative pedestrian projects and programs for over a decade. The basic grid of the City's sidewalk system now totals over thirty miles of off-road shared-use paths and twenty-six miles of five and six foot sidewalks. This total does not include the many miles of four foot wide sidewalks throughout the city.

Pedestrian Program

What We Do:

  • Build accessible sidewalk curb ramps
  • Install and maintain school crossing signs
  • Maintain, improve and install marked crosswalks
  • Install and maintain pedestrian crossing signs
  • Rehabilitate and install sidewalks
  • Provide safe routes to school
  • Provide an elementary pedestrian safety program
  • Address other pedestrian safety concerns


What Sidewalks Can Do For Your Neighborhood...

For many of us, walking is a part of our everyday activities. It is one of the healthiest ways for adults and children to keep in shape. Young and old, it is a frequent and popular way of getting around. The installation of sidewalks is a simple way to help install pride in your neighborhood. Sidewalks can beautify and make for a better place to live, work, and play.

Yet, pedestrians must cope with vehicular traffic. Even good drivers will not always be looking out for pedestrians. As a pedestrian, it is important to be responsible for your own safety. At that end, sidewalks can help you and your family by offering a safe and attractive route to travel.

The City's safe route to school program provides funding for the installation of sidewalks within a two-mile radius of area elementary schools. Providing a safe route to school encourages students to walk to school. In addition the City provides funding for the installation of sidewalks along public rights-of-way for pedestrian safety and/or to achieve compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) as determined by the City Manager. Such sidewalks are installed by the city and the costs are assessed against the abutting properties. For more information on the City's sidewalk policy see Section 23-162 of the Code of Ordinances.


Requesting sidewalk in your neighborhood

The City Traffic Division strives to build sidewalks that maximize effectiveness and optimize safety, while minimizing any adverse impact on adjacent properties. At times, it is necessary that the City request an easement, or permission to enter a property, to construct the sidewalk. Sidewalks normally are at least five feet in width and travel the length of the block. The City constructs concrete sidewalks that should last for many years. Depending on resident input and the survey, including the location of trees, drainage, fire hydrants, and other road conditions, the Traffic Division determines which side of the street would better accommodate a sidewalk. While it takes several months for the sidewalk to go through the design phase and the required public bidding process, it usually just takes two weeks to install a residential street sidewalk. All sidewalks always include handicap ramps at intersections.

The Process:
Requesting the installation of sidewalks in your neighborhood is a worthwhile and easy procedure: Sidewalks can be requested for your entire subdivision through a special assessment process or for a missing link section for pedestrian safety purposes and/or to achieve compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Sidewalks requested are typically installed by the City and assessed to the abutting property owner. Contact the City of Boca Raton Traffic Division to request the installation of sidewalks on your street or print and complete the sidewalk request form. Walking is fun and gives children important freedom. Walking also teaches a child vital lifelong traffic skills.

Requesting sidewalk in Non Residential Areas

The City Traffic Division strives to build sidewalks that maximize effectiveness and optimize safety, while minimizing any adverse impact on adjacent properties. At times, it is necessary that the City request an easement, or permission to enter a property, to construct the sidewalk.

Sidewalks are at least six feet in width and travel the entire length of a commercial block. The City constructs concrete sidewalks that should last for many years. Depending on the survey, including the location of trees, drainage, fire hydrants, and other road conditions, the Traffic Division determines the location of the proposed sidewalk using sight distance and clear zone requirements.

While it takes several months for the sidewalk to go through the design phase and the required public bidding process, it usually just takes four weeks to install a non-residential sidewalk. All sidewalks always include handicap ramps at intersections.

The Process:
Requesting the installation of sidewalks in non-residential areas is a worthwhile and easy procedure. Sidewalks requested for pedestrian safety and/or to achieve compliance with the American with Disabilities Act are addressed on a priority basis. Sidewalks are typically installed by the city and assessed against the abutting property owner. Sidewalks requested on State or County roadway are forwarded to the appropriate agency. Contact the City of Boca Raton Traffic Division to request the installation of sidewalks on your street or print and complete the sidewalk request form. Walking is fun and gives children important freedom. Walking also teaches a child vital lifelong traffic skills.



Many parents assume that their children must be safe in their own neighborhoods. This is unfortunately untrue. The greatest percentage of childhood pedestrian accidents occur in a child's neighborhood and in the same block where the child lives. Often these injuries result from a child's physical factors such as having difficulty determining sound, distance and location. Moreover, many children have a lack of knowledge or understanding of complex traffic situations and rules.

To overcome this risk, parents should actively teach their children good habits, such as walking on sidewalks and not in the street.

     
Boca Raton Tri-Rail StationBikes on Tri-Rail

Most trains can accommodate 2 bicycles in each compartment. For more information, please go to Tri-Rail.com. To obtain a bicycle permit application please click here!

Bikes on Buses

Palm Tran buses are equipped with bicycle racks that can accommodate two bikes. For more information, please go to PalmTran.org or call 561-841-4200.

Palm Tran Bus Bike Rack