Message From Executive Director, Greg Stuart 

According to AAA’s 2023 Memorial Day Travel Forecast, 2.4 million Floridians planned to travel more than 50 miles by car this holiday weekend. It's the perfect time to be reminded of the importance of rail safety as we hit the road for the third busiest Memorial Day weekend since 2000. With the vast number of trains and railroad crossings in Broward County and beyond, understanding the importance of rail safety can save lives. Rail safety in Broward County involves not just following the law but also making sound judgment calls. All drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings and adhere to the signs and signals provided at every railroad crossing. Ignoring or violating these safety measures can lead to accidents and fatal collisions. In addition, every individual in the community can do their part in promoting rail safety by being responsible for their actions. Whether it's educating children about train safety or speaking up when others fail to follow the rules, it is crucial that everyone takes ownership of keeping Broward County's railroad crossings safe. There is no doubt that accidents at railroad crossings are entirely avoidable. Taking simple steps such as keeping your distance, paying attention, and understanding the signals can significantly decrease the risk of injury or even death. Ultimately, promoting rail safety requires everyone to work together, stay vigilant, and take action to protect each other's lives. The Broward MPO is proud to have launched "Don't Risk It," our new rail safety campaign aimed at educating the community about dangerous behavior around railroad tracks.


New Broward MPO Rail Safety Campaign Makes Headlines Across South Florida

The Broward MPO launched our "Don't Risk It" rail safety campaign last week, and we're grateful to the many media outlets that covered it including the Sun Sentinel, NBC 6, WIOD, and CBS 4. The "Don't Risk It" campaign is a collaborative effort, developed with the help of cities including Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beach. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with reckless behavior around trains and railroad crossings and reduce the climbing accident rate in the region. Watch the official campaign video below or click here to learn more!

Six Great Places to Ride Your Bike in Broward County This Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day, what better way to close out National Bike Month than by taking a ride with your friends and family? Here are six places where you can ride your bike and hang out in Broward County. Click on the name of the destinations below to learn more!

1. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

One of the most beautiful places to bike to and hang out in Broward County is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This scenic park boasts lush, tropical foliage, winding paths, and beautiful picnic areas perfect for enjoying a day outside with friends or family. With its beach access, you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing after your bike ride.

2. Quiet Waters Park

For nature lovers, Quiet Waters Park is an excellent place to ride your bike to and hang out. This expansive park features well-maintained trails, perfect for bikers, hikers, and joggers. You can explore its natural scenery or enjoy its splash pad, skate park, or fishing.

3. Las Olas Boulevard

A perfect place to hang out with friends after your bike ride is Las Olas Boulevard. It offers great food, drinks, and unique boutiques to shop. Ride along the boulevard, taking in the trendy atmosphere, while making stops along the way to grab some grub, refreshments, or purchase souvenirs to take home.

4. Markham Park

For an all-day hangout adventure, try Markham Park. With its extensive bike trails, shooting range, and mountain bike course, it's an excellent destination for an outdoor lover. Besides, this park features picnic areas, a splash park, and beautiful natural scenery.

5. Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Another trendy spot to ride your bike to and hang out with friends is Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. This linear park system hugs the banks of New River and features beautifully landscaped paths, art installations, and shops and restaurants with lovely outdoor seating to relax and watch the river flow by.

6. Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach is not only a prime destination for sun, sand, and sea but also an excellent place to explore on two wheels. Riding your bike along the beach is one of the best ways to soak up the stunning ocean views, salty breeze, and enjoy a good workout while on vacation. Bike enthusiasts will appreciate the newly constructed bike lanes on A1A Beach Boulevard. This wide street now offers smooth and safe rides, making it easier for bikers to explore the beach and stop by all of the beachfront cafes, restaurants, and local shops.

Join Us at the City of Sunrise Ribbon Cutting and Community Bike Ride

Honoring Our Heroes This Memorial Day

Honoring and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as we commemorate Memorial Day, from all of us at the Broward MPO.

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