The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Crosstown Greenway Pilot Project

The City of Key West is seeking input from the community for the creation of a Neighborhood Greenway along Staples Ave./Von Phister St. between 12th and Reynolds Streets, called the Crosstown Greenway. A Neighborhood Greenway is a street with low motorized traffic volumes (less than 3,000 vehicles/day) and speeds (20mph or less), designated and designed to give bicycle and pedestrians travel priority. This project could include more street trees, interventions to slow traffic, new crosswalks and pedestrian infrastructure, asphalt art, and other in-street infrastructure. For more information on Neighborhood Greenways, check out this video from the city of Portland, Oregon about how their Greenways serve as both a bicycle boulevard and as stormwater infrastructure:

Portland's Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways video is also available on Vimeo.

Working with urban planning firm Street Plans, the city will be testing out the selected design strategies using low-cost, temporary materials, a project approach known as Tactical Urbanism. Also crucial to this process is you: the community! Once the project team decides on a design, we’ll all go out and build the project together. See some other examples of that tactical urbanism and pictured below:

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Super Sharrow; an upgraded bicycle sharrow to indicate bicycle traffic presenceBicycle Turning Lane; Lane for bicycle to turn through at an intersectionPainted and protected curb extension with potted plantsTemporary Traffic Diverter; A traffic diverter with potted plants that allows pedestrian and bicycle traffic, but not automobiles.

The pilot project will test design strategies unique to a Neighborhood Greenway (also called a Bike Boulevard), which the National Association of City Transportation Officials defines as: streets with low motorized traffic volumes (less than 3,000 vehicles/day) and speeds (20mph or less), designated and designed to give bicycle and pedestrians travel priority. A Neighborhood Greenway is comprised of the following elements:

  • Signs and Pavement Markings
  • Speed Management
  • Volume Management
  • Major, Minor, and Offset Crossings
  • Green Infrastructure

The pilot project will implement design strategies, including (but not limited to) new crosswalks, traffic circles, pavement art, and wayfinding within those categories to elevate bicycle and pedestrian priority along the corridor.

To better understand the combination of the Greenway and Tactical Urbanism, check out the similar process Burlington, Vermont is performing on their streets and an article related to the work Burlington performed

Get Involved!

From now until installation, the project team will hold two public workshops, local roundtable discussions, and monthly Project Advisory Committee meetings. 

Public Workshop #1 - Tuesday, November 5th from 6-7:30pm at the Commission Chambers in City Hall

Public Roundtable Discussions - To continue outreach and developing the project, the project team is hosting two opportunities for public input about interventions along the Staples Avenue part of the corridor. Open to all on Wednesday, December 11th from 6:30-8:00pm at City Hall & Thursday, December 12th from 6:30-8:00pm at City Hall.

Couldn't attend? The project team is still collecting feedback and data! Give your feedback here, and view the boards used for the discussions below.

Public Workshop #2 - Wednesday, Jan. 29th from 6:30-8:30 City Hall; Come review and provide input on the Crosstown Greenway's draft project elements. Please take the time to use the ranking exercise to help prioritize the projects.

Project Documents 

Presentation from Public Workshop #1

Public Feedback Summary

Roundtable Boards

Draft Project Elements 

Presentation from Public Workshop #2

Follow the Project

Keep up with the project on the City of Key West’s social media! 

Contact the Team 

Email with any questions

If you’re interested in volunteering for the installation, please contact Dana with a scanned or picture of a completed worksheet