Winter Park Drive Complete Street Study
This Study is looking at all of North and South Winter Park Drive, with a focus on identifying improvements to make it safer, more comfortable, and more connected for people walking and biking.
The City of Casselberry is kicking-off the Winter Park Drive Complete Street and Concept Development Study to identify roadway improvements that increase transportation choices for the community. The project seeks to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity along and connecting to the Winter Park Drive corridor, improve transportation safety outcomes for all roadway users, and serve as a catalyst project for other complete street improvements on connecting and parallel roadways, with the ultimate goal of creating a network of complete streets in the City of Casselberry.
In combination with recently completed projects, and other planned projects, implementation of the Winter Park Drive Complete Street plan will help Casselberry become the most walkable, rollable, and bikeable City in Central Florida, where active transportation becomes a viable and routine choice for daily mobility needs, thereby increasing community health, equity, economic vitality, and environmental stewardship.
The City is requesting that residents and other users of the corridor share their experiences traveling along and across Winter Park Drive and challenges they may have accessing the corridor. This feedback is an important component of the existing conditions assessment and will be used to help inform project alternatives that will be developed as the community vision for the corridor is identified.
What is a Complete Street?
Many streets in the community have been constructed to primarily accommodate people who drive vehicles and lack the infrastructure to support other travel modes, specifically people walking and people bicycling. This can limit mobility choices for people who may choose not to drive, or who do not have access to a car. It can pose a significant mobility barrier for people with disabilities. Complete Streets respond to the local context and provide a wide range of mobility options that better serve the community, such as wider sidewalks separated from vehicle travel lanes, bicycle facilities, frequent crossing opportunities, and accessible pedestrian signals.
Why is the City of Casselberry conducting this study? Hasn’t the City studied the corridor before?
Prior planning efforts along the corridor have resulted in plans for spot improvements, such as closing sidewalk gaps on the east side of the street between Wilshire Drive and Lilac Road, a roundabout at Wilshire Drive, and bicycle, pedestrian, and signal improvements at the intersections of Queens Mirror Circle and Crystal Bowl Drive. However, those improvements do not address bicycle and pedestrian movements along the entire corridor. This project represents an opportunity to develop a cohesive and complete plan for the corridor that can be constructed over time. The City of Casselberry was awarded federal funding to develop this plan.
But I don’t walk or ride my bike. How will this project affect me?
The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area is the most dangerous place in America to be a pedestrian, based on the most recent Dangerous by Design report. You, your family, friends, coworkers, or neighbor could the next person affected by a severe or fatal injury on our streets. This project aims to provide greater mobility choices, including the choice to drive a vehicle, but within a framework that reduces travel speeds for people driving to reduce injury severity if a collision does occur.
What is the project timeline and how can I get involved?
Over the next 18-months (Spring 2021-Fall 2022) the City of Casselberry will be working to document existing conditions along the corridor, develop guiding principles to help in the refinement of roadway cross-section and intersection treatment alternatives, develop a set of project alternatives for public review and feedback, and develop a “preferred alternative” with strategies for phasing and funding. Some local funds have been programmed to start construction of improvements along the corridor within the next five years. The City has planned a mixture of virtual and in-person opportunities for the public to provide feedback and get involved. Check back to www.casselberry.org/go for updates on the project and associated events.