Winter Park Drive Complete Street Study
This Study looked 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 has developed a preferred alternative concept that will transform North and South Winter Park Drive to make it safer and more comfortable for people walking and biking. The preferred alternative includes a shared use path along the east side of Winter Park Drive from Red Bug Lake Road to SR 434, along with several other safety, access, and connectivity improvements. Click here to view the Corridor Strategies Report that summarizes the study and provides details on the preferred alternative has been completed. Click here to view a full depiction of the preferred alternative (note this is a very large file). To request a copy of the full Technical Appendices referenced in the Report please e-mail the Public Works & Utilities Director or call (407) 262-7725 Ext. 1235 (please leave a voicemail).
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.
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 one of the most dangerous places 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 was the project timeline and how was the public involved?
The project began in early 2021 and concluded in early 2023. During this project, the City of Casselberry worked 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 design and construction of improvements along the corridor within the next five years. The City held 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 implementation of the project.