Keep Duval Loop FREE For Visitors

People have until Monday afternoon, May 4, to voice their opinion on Item #7 using the City’s eComment here:  https://bit.ly/2VQmasT

Launched in August of 2017, the Duval Loop quickly became a favorite of visitors and all the lodging, attractions, restaurant and retail businesses in our downtown. The service is successful because it is FREE, FREQUENT (buses arrive every 15-20 minutes) and has a SIMPLE route that is easy to understand. Last year more than 410,000 trips were taken on the Loop. More people rode the Loop than the other four City bus routes (orange, blue, red and green) and the Lower Keys Shuttle all combined. It isn’t even 3 years old yet and is universally hailed as something the “City did right!” Now, someone wants to muck up this success by charging a $1.00 fare to visitors using the service. A formal proposal to raise the fare goes before the City Commission at its May 5 meeting, Item #7.

Not surprisingly many in the local Key West community are saying NO to the proposal as witnessed by the overwhelming comments on Facebook’s Friends of Car-Free Key West and Reimagining Key West posts. Even though the proposal would continue FREE fares for residents with an ID, folks seem to get that this is about getting visitors and workers easily around downtown and discouraging them from driving cars to do so. It works people say, so why mess with that achievement by fundamentally altering its formula?

According to the Executive Summary accompanying Item #7, the Duval Loop is funded 50% from the City’s Transportation Alternatives Fund (TAF) and 50% from an FDOT Development grant. The TAF gets much of its funding from parking revenue. The grant ends June 30, 2021. We understand parking revenue is down right now. We also get that in 14 months the grant runs out. But according to the City of Key West’s 10-Year Transit Development Plan, the City has always assumed the Duval Loop would be FREE well in the future until 2029 (see Revenue Assumptions on page 9-5.) They knew the grant would run out and took that into account with their long range plan, so why the change?

Regarding revenues we understand that with the shutdown the fiscal situation is worsening for Key West, Monroe County and all cities and states. So why just pop up this one change now? Why isn’t the city holding a session to publicly vet 50 revenue generating ideas and 50 cost cutting measures? We believe the need to increase City revenues should be looked at holistically and major decisions about such a key component of our downtown’s economy, the Duval Loop, should be too. This isn’t a thoughtful approach.

There are approximately 3,000 on-street parking spaces in Old Town below White Street. About 1/3 of these spaces are metered, 1/3 are marked Residential and 1/3 are unmarked. Residential Permits can be had for $20 annually or $0.05 cents per day. The unmarked spaces are free. That’ means two thirds of downtown parking spaces are virtually free. We want MORE people to walk, bike and take the bus downtown. Not drive. So why are we making it more difficult to use the bus while we’ve never properly addressed right pricing our parking supply?

Here’s some more reasons why charging visitors to use the Duval Loop is a bad idea:

  • FREE and FREQUENT, painted on the sides of the buses, is easy to market. It mostly sells itself. Now we’ll really need to spend money on marketing
  • The service goes from an nice amenity or an economic development tool to, well, a bus service
  • The Hop On Hop Off aspect is ruined as now it is just another bus route where one needs exact change and has to queue up to pay
  • We ask people who DO drive to park at one of our facilities like the Grinnell Street Garage and then hop on our free downtown shuttle to get around. Ooops. Well now what?
  • It’s just a dollar. But who always has exact change these days? Who even wants to deal with cash and all those germs? What’s a family to do if they have to pay $4 on the first trip and $4 back? Any cost will have an elasticity factor and ridership will suffer
  • Queueing up to pay slows things down. It causes delays and friction. Delays and friction will cause a drop off in ridership
  • Counting and securing cash has hard costs and personnel costs
  • We’ve made a commitment to the lodging, attractions, restaurant and retail businesses and all the visitors who have rated the service so highly (4.5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor). Now we’re changing the rules when we couldn’t possibly have consulted with these stakeholders as they are all closed.
  • As we make the service harder to use, some people will choose to drive. That means a more congested streets downtown
  • As we make the service harder to use, some people will simply choose not to go to another part of downtown, thereby hurting some small businesses

If more people walk, bike and take the bus it makes our streets more efficient. It is friendly to our environment and helps combat climate change. It makes us healthier. And happier too. Very importantly it helps our local businesses prosper. Charging a fee for using this amazingly successful bus is the wrong way to go. It is a step backwards. Please Mayor Johnston and City Commissioners, vote NO on this, not well thought out proposal to impose a fare.

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A few comments from Facebook and the City’s eComment system on Item #7. Click on any one of these to enlarge and then arrow to each comment in a larger format for ease of reading:

20 Parklets on Duval in 2020

This is a more in-depth follow up to our article “3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street” where we advocated for quickly putting in parklets, bike parking and letting people take the street as a way to pedestrianize Duval, even if closing it off to cars completely or rebuilding it won’t happen right away.

Wouldn’t it be nice to reimagine a Duval Street with more people and less cars when the shops, bars and restaurants reopen? Many people want to make all of or parts of Duval Street a pedestrian-only zone, except for delivery vehicles. But the experimental Mall on Duval program is over and not coming back because the City is conducting a “Duval Street Revitalization” study. So it could be a long time before any action is taken. One way to “widen our sidewalks” and add more people activity to our Main Street quickly would be to allow businesses, organizations or even the City to install parklets in space that is currently used for car parking. How about setting a goal for getting 20 of these planned and started, if not open, during 2020.

Parklets are spots for people. Not cars. Parklets are an extension of the sidewalk out into the street, usually in what was formerly a parking space – thus the name. They are intended to be used by people, usually to sit, either as an open park or as part of a retail establishment nearby. They are often temporary and can be built quickly and relatively inexpensively. So putting these in now wouldn’t preclude more permanent infrastructure changes in the future. In fact, this little bit of tactical urbanism would be a nice way to test out wider sidewalks before going to the expense of rebuilding the street. It might be a way for restaurants to add capacity at a time when they may need to decrease tables inside to meet physical distancing guidelines.

According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Street Design Guidelines manual: “Parklets are typically applied where narrow or congested sidewalks prevent the installation of traditional sidewalk cafes, or where local property owners or residents see a need to expand the seating capacity and public space on a given street. To obtain a parklet, property owners enter into an agree­ment with the city, in some cases through a citywide application process, procuring curbside seating in place of one or more parking spaces.”

There are places along Duval where there is currently parking (300, 800, 900 blocks) or where the sidewalk narrows for temporary parking (200, 500, 600, 700 blocks) where parklets could be installed. On Upper Duval, beyond Truman Avenue, there’s parking on both sides of the streets, providing additional spots for parklets.

Parklets shouldn’t just be for Duval Street. Anywhere near Duval or how about anywhere downtown where there are groups of retail shops, should be able to participate. Southard and Fleming Streets between Simonton and Whitehead are perfect places to add street vitality. Why not on White Street? Where else?

Installing retail sponsored parklets provide opportunities for restaurants to provide dining for customers. Installing public parklets provide anyone with a place to stop, rest, have a drink from another establishment and people watch. Studies show that older folks especially consider sidewalk furniture important. Another benefit of public parklets is the community of Third Places. A public space to sit or to sit and eat, if it has a table, draws people to sit and chat and share and recognize their neighbors. Saying meet me in front of X now means I can sit down. Coffee shops are a great example of Third Places but you have to buy something to use it. A public parklet become a Third Place and that creates community. We need both privately sponsored and publicly sponsored parklets. And publicly sponsored doesn’t necessarily mean City-sponsored. It could be a nearby retail shop, a civic or non-profit group or a general benefactor.

Parklets would help further enliven the street and their extension into the right of way would slow down cars. Perhaps grants can be given to groups to build these? Restaurants and retail shops could build their own or team with others to help them. The TDC could provide money. Or CFFK. Team with Key West Hight School and/or arts organizations to help design, build and decorate them like was done with the trash and recycling on the street.

We need to make the permits for these free and restaurants should NOT incur additional charges for the new outdoor seating. This is something we should encourage and making it onerous for businesses to participate will kill any effort to enliven the street.

The dream of revitalizing Duval Street and making it more pedestrian friendly doesn’t have to wait for a study and an infrastructure rebuild to happen. If we could simply widen our existing sidewalks by taking over some of the space being used for car parking we could get closer to that dream right now.

Here’s more information and some design guidelines from the National Association of Transportation City Transportation Officials (NACTO) from their Urban Street Design Guidelines manual.

Active Streets for Business, City of Milwaukee – A pilot program to support local businesses by promoting the safe reopening of restaurants and bars through expanded options for increased physical distancing and dining in outdoor areas. View the presentation from June 3, 2020.

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Reimagining Key West – 3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street

Please check out our follow-up article “City of Key West – Let Our Restaurants Take Our Streets!” May 6, 2020.

With lots of good people thinking about Reimagining Key West in a post Coronavirus world, there have been several popular calls for pedestrianizing Duval Street, especially the portion between Front Street and Truman Avenue or Lower and Middle Duval. Followers of our Facebook page, Friends of Car-Free Key West, know we are advocates for this concept. People seemingly have talked about this idea for decades. The Mayor’s experimental Mall on Duval was the first attempt to do something in ages but that’s now officially over. Keeping in mind some other things* the City is doing, here are three ideas for some quick wins right now to get us closer to this vision.

1. Install Parklets

Parklets are spots for people. Not cars. Parklets are an extension of the sidewalk out into the street, usually in what was formerly a parking space – thus the name. They are intended to be used by people, usually to sit, either as an open park or as part of a retail establishment nearby. They are often temporary and can be built quickly and relatively inexpensively. There are places along Duval where there is currently parking (300, 800, 900 blocks) or where the street widens and the sidewalk narrows for temporary parking (200, 500, 600, 700 blocks) where parklets could be installed. On Upper Duval, beyond Truman Avenue, there’s parking on both sides of the streets, providing additional spots for parklets.

Parklets shouldn’t just be for Duval Street. Anywhere near Duval or how about anywhere downtown where there are groups of retail shops, should be able to participate. Southard and Fleming Streets between Simonton and Whitehead. On White Street. And more.

For MORE on parklets read: 20 Parklets on Duval in 2020

Installing parklets provide opportunities for restaurants to provide sidewalk dining, provide people with a place to stop, rest and people watch. They would help further enliven the street and their extension into the right of way would slow down cars. Perhaps grants can be given to groups to build these? Restaurants and retail shops could build their own or team with others to help them. The TDC could provide money! Team with Key West Hight School and/or arts organizations? Make it free for businesses to participate and easy via the permit system to build.

Here’s more information and some design guidelines from the National Association of Transportation City Transportation Officials (NACTO) from their Urban Street Design Guidelines manual.

2. Install Bike Parking

A couple months ago the City’s Transportation Coordinator announced they’d taken receipt of a lot of new bicycle racks and wanted some input on where to put them. Use some of the same space described above for bicycle and scooter parking. We should be encouraging more people to bike and provide more parking, right where people want to go, to makes it easy as possible.

Do the bicycle parking corral style so that there’s a lot of parking in one spot. Bike Corrals are bike racks installed in the curbside lane of the street instead of on the sidewalk. This design is a great solution for places where demand for bicycle parking exceeds the available sidewalk space. Where adjacent, integrate it with the parklets. Bicycle parking should also be consistently found in large numbers, corral style on Duval’s cross streets. Eaton Street at Duval, next to St. Paul’s is a good example. In most cases the corral style also lends itself to adding scooter parking too. Where possible we should include electric hook up to encourage quiet electric scooters.

3. Slow The Cars and Let People Take the Street

If we don’t ban cars during certain hours on certain blocks, like we did for Mall on Duval, why not simply make the speed limit 5 miles per hour and allow people to walk in the street. If vehicles need or want to go down the street, they simply need to go slow and keep in mind that people have the right away. Always. Much of Commercial Street in Provincetown works this way. Cars use the street, but so do people and so cars only do so when they need to and they go very slow and carefully.

We wouldn’t need to do much planning nor infrastructure improvements to implement this. Doing these things wouldn’t have to be permanent, so if we want to reconfigure the street in the future, we can change things. The idea is to do something quick, get a win and feel good about reimagining Key West.

*Two quick notes. 1) The City of Key West put out a Request for Qualifications in hopes of selecting a firm to “provide complete services for the revitalization of the historic street.” Proposals were due February 19. No word yet if a firm has been selected and the process has begun. 2) The City is in the final phases of repaving Duval Street. The City has spent the last four weeks rebuilding intersection curb and gutter, some mid-block curb and gutter and has rebuilt many patches of the street in anticipation of putting down new, smooth asphalt – which should start any day now. With this in mind we’d guess that no major physical changes would be considered at the moment.

Please check out our first article in this series “Reimagining Key West – 10 Things We Should Strive For and 10 Ways to Get There” posted on April 22.

Reimagining Key West – 10 Things We Should Strive For and 10 Ways To Get There

Main Photo Credit Rob O’Neil, March 29, 2020

Reimagining Key West

– 10 Things We Should Strive For and 10 Ways To Get There

The Great Pause foisted upon us by the Coronavirus Pandemic gives us an opportunity to reset. As individuals and as communities. It gives us time to reimagine how things can be different in the future. People are waking up to cleaner air, crystal clear water teeming with fish, nature coming back, un-congested streets and a new appreciation for simpler ways. We should realize we have the power to not just rush back to a world that looks exactly the way it was before. Even if politicians and companies turn things back on, are people really going to feel comfortable going back to a go-go, mass consumption, crowded and crazy race to keep up with the Joneses? Are things ever going to be the same? With this new awakening what are the good things we want more of? What are the bad things we just shouldn’t bring back? And how do we make that future happen?

Here in Key West many thoughtful people have been putting together ideas for Reimagining Key West’s future.

10 Things We Should Strive For

I basically hear people yearning for a Key West that is simpler, less crowded and more about our residents. In reimagining Key West, here’s 10 things we should strive for.

  1. A less expensive place to live. Where there is enough affordable housing for people who want to live here full-time. Where people can afford to live and work in the City rather than having to drive miles and miles to afford a home.
  2. Jobs that pay a living wage or that are good enough so that one job can cover the rent or mortgage.
  3. A place where local Mom and Pop shops rule. Where one can afford to start a business and not have to compete with national chains for space.
  4. A community where everyone respects, protects and celebrates our natural environment. Our air, waters, coral reef and and all the living creatures in them. Where sustainable fishing and boating are done in an eco-friendly way.
  5. A culture where creativity flourishes in the arts – visual, literary, musical, theatrical, film and other – for locals and people from around the world. A culture where these creative people give us events, festivals, parties and more art – however you define it – than any town in the world of similar size.
  6. Stewardship of our history, storied characters and unique One Human Family story and that preserves and shares this heritage with the world.
  7. Veneration of our historic district – the U.S.A’s largest of wood frame buildings, and educating people about our architectural legacy.
  8. Revitalization of our Main Street, Duval Street, and make it welcoming to residents as well as tourists. Make it more pedestrian oriented, with wider sidewalks, benches, cafe seating and more trees and shade.
  9. Making it easy and safe for more of us to get around more often by walking, biking and the bus.
  10. Embodying our One Human Family motto in everything we do. We should continue to attract people who move to the beat of a different drummer, from bohemians, hippies, dreamers, the LTBTQ community, anyone who’s starting over or reinventing themselves or whatever you want to call different.

We DO want to share all this with visitors. But we want visitors that can appreciate what our island has to offer on its own terms and merits without the expectation of mass culture or consumption that degrades all we’re trying to preserve, protect and enhance. If visitors can’t respect these terms, we should ask them to go elsewhere.

10 Ways To Get There

Here’s some things we can do to get more of the Key West we want:

  1. Limit the cruise ships. Enough has already been written on this topic so as not to warrant further elaboration. Suffice it to say research shows that the environmental degradation these behemoths bring to our small island outweighs their benefits.
  2. Incentivize and build more work-force and affordable housing. Build it downtown where people can be close to most of the jobs and not be forced to drive. More than half the people who work in the City live in the County. That means too many people are driving. This wasn’t the case in the 1970’s and 80’s – a time lots of people feel nostalgic for. Back then, most people who worked in the City, lived here too. That made it less congested and friendlier. Some ideas: Start with approving the Porches project. That’s 480 units and 750 people downtown. Approve a similar project, with retail on the bottom on the property for sale at Duval at United Street. Perhaps another 200 units and 300 people. Build something similar on the huge parking lot of the La Concha. Put these units on top of the parking. Another 200 units and 300 people. Do the same on the City’s Caroline Street surface lot and you get another 100 units and 150 people. Double up on incentives for family-size units. That’s almost 1,000 units and about 1,500 living downtown year-round. More people living downtown will help local business too.
  3. Pass a Living Wage bill in Key West.
  4. Don’t allow any more transient rental licenses. Period.
  5. When the Truman Annex Transient Rental Licenses expire in 2025, LET THEM EXPIRE. No exceptions. Period.
  6. Find a way to sunset as many existing transient rental licenses as possible. Don’t let them transfer with a property sale. Buy them out. Or sunset them far into the future. That or jack up their annual fees or taxes.
  7. Re-allocate a majority of the TDC’s (Monroe County Tourist Development Council) marketing funds back to the City, County and non-profits for infrastructure and operating projects (See #8 and #9).
  8. Invest in infrastructure. With interest rates at record lows we’d be silly not to take money that is practically free. Rebuild Duval Street with wider sidewalks, benches, and trees. Start to elevate our streets. Refresh our beaches. Invest more in coral reef restoration. Pump money into Key West Art and Historical Society and its museums, into our historic district, into all of the non-profit art associations. Build a Rainbow Museum about our LGBTQ history. Demarcate the historic district. Invest in electric buses for Key West Transit and the Duval Loop. Provide better wayfinding signage. Build protected bikeways and bike trails. Put in more bike parking.
  9. Invest in our people and the things that make this island unique. Move the College of the Florida Keys downtown so its more part of the community. Make it free. Instead of the TDC spending money on marketing, it should spend money on providing operating support for Key West non-profit history, art and eco museums and cultural offerings (the State Department of Cultural Affairs has a similar General Program Support grant but it is always underfunded. The TDC could just supplement what the State gives without having to invent a whole new process).
  10. Work to make Key West a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is Nance Frank’s idea and I love it.

Thanks to the founders of Reimagining Key West for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
– Chris Hamilton, Key West resident
For similar thoughts Follow us over at Friends of Car-Free Key West.
Here’s a shorter version of the article published in the Citizen as a Letter to the Editor on April 30, 2020.

89 Great Streets in the U.S.A.

Of the American Planning Association‘s (APA) 306 Great Places in America, 89 of them are designated as Great Streets. The balance of these places are either neighborhoods or public spaces. APA designated the Great Places in the years 2007-2019 and is currently working on releasing their winners for 2020.

Key West’s Duval Street is among the 89. We bring you this Great Streets List because Key West is embarking on a study and reimagining how to improve it’s own main street. We hope perusing this list provides for ideas on how to make our own great street – Duval Street – even better.

  1. Cushman Street: Fairbanks, Alaska
  2. Broadway Street: Skagway, Alaska
  3. Congress Street: Tuscon, Arizon
  4. Spring Street: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  5. Olvera Street: Los Angeles, California
  6. 5th Avenue: San Diego, California
  7. State Street: Santa Barbara, California
  8. Aspen Pedestrian Mall: Aspen, Colorado
  9. Pearl Street Mall: Boulder, Colorado
  10. U Street N.W.: Washington, D.C.
  11. Broadwalk: Hollywood, Florida
  12. Laura Street: Jacksonville, Florida
  13. Duval Street: Key West, Florida
  14. Ocean Drive: Miami Beach, Florida
  15. Palafox Street: Pensacola, Florida
  16. Clematis Street: West Palm Beach, Florida
  17. 7th Avenue: Tampa, Florida
  18. Bull Street: Savannah, Georgia
  19. The Squares of Savannah: Savannah, Georgia
  20. Front Street: Lahaina, Hawaii
  21. Sherman Avenue: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  22. Main Street: Ketchum, Idaho
  23. Bank Street: Wallace, Idaho
  24. Lincoln Avenue and Giddings Plaza: Chicago, Illinois
  25. North Michigan Avenue: Chicago, Illinois
  26. Main Street: Galena, Illinois
  27. Monument Circle: Indianapolis, Indiana
  28. Massachusetts Street: Lawrence, Kansas
  29. West Main Street: Louisville, Kentucky
  30. St. Charles Avenue: New Orleans, Louisiana
  31. Front Street: Bath, Maine
  32. Commercial Street: Portland, Maine
  33. Congress Street: Portland, Maine
  34. Main Street: Annapolis, Maryland
  35. Washington Street: Boston, Massachusetts
  36. Main Street: Nantucket, Massachusetts
  37. South Main Street: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  38. Front Street: Traverse City, Michigan
  39. Summit Avenue: St. Paul, Minnesota
  40. Washington Avenue: St. Louis, Missouri
  41. Main Street: Bozeman, Montana
  42. Broadway Avenue: Red Lodge, Montana
  43. South 24th Street: Omaha, Nebraska
  44. Water Street: Henderson, Nevada
  45. C Street: Virginia City, Nevada
  46. Market Street and Market Square: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  47. Haddon Avenue: Collingswood, New Jersey
  48. Washington Street: Hoboken, New Jersey
  49. Bridge Street: Las Vegas, New Mexico
  50. Arthur Avenue: Bronx, New York
  51. Market Street: Corning, New York
  52. Wall Street: Kingston, New York
  53. Broadway: New York, New York
  54. Fifth Avenue: New York, New York
  55. Harlem’s 125th Street: New York, New York
  56. Main Street: Sag Harbor, New York
  57. Broadway: Saratoga Springs, New York
  58. Main Street: Waterloo, New York
  59. Lexington Avenue: Asheville, North Carolina
  60. Main Street: Davidson, North Carolina
  61. Middle Street: New Bern, North Carolina
  62. Fayetteville Street: Raleigh, North Carolina
  63. Fifth Street: Dayton, Ohio
  64. Third Street: McMinnville, Oregon
  65. 5th and 6th Avenues – Portland Transit Mall: Portland, Oregon
  66. Liberty Street: Franklin, Pennsylvania
  67. Broadway: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
  68. South Broad Street: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  69. Rittenhouse Square: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  70. Grant Street: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  71. Broad Street: Charleston, South Carolina
  72. King Street: Charleston, South Carolina
  73. Main Street: Greenville, South Carolina
  74. State Street: Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia
  75. Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge: Chattanooga, Tennessee
  76. Gay Street: Knoxville, Tennessee
  77. South El Paso Street: El Paso, Texas
  78. The Strand (Avenue B): Galveston, Texas
  79. West Magnolia Avenue: Fort Worth, Texas
  80. 25th Street: Ogden, Utah
  81. South Temple Street: Salt Lake City, Utah
  82. King Street: Alexandria, Virginia
  83. Clarendon-Wilson Corridor: Arlington, Virginia
  84. Davis Street: Culpeper, Virginia
  85. Washington Street: Middleburg, Virginia
  86. Monument Avenue: Richmond, Virginia
  87. West Beverley Street: Staunton, Virginia
  88. Duke of Gloucester Street: Williamsburg, Virginia
  89. North Main Street: Wheeling, West Virginia

Capital Bikeshare Launches

This video was made by ArlingtonTV about the launch of Capital Bikeshare in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. in September of 2010. The first major bikeshare system in the U.S.A. Chris Hamilton was in charge of Arlington’s effort and secured the procurement contract that got the entire program going in both jurisdictions.

ELGL’s 2017 Traeger Award Winners

Chris Hamilton #42 on 2017 Chris Traeger 100 List

Engaging Local Government Leaders‘ (ELGL) Chris Traeger List recognizes the top 100 influencers in local government. Chris Traeger was the city manager for the fictional City of Pawnee, Indiana on the show Park and Recreation. He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government.

The Traeger List is not based on title or longevity. It’s based on an individual’s influence in their community and outside their community through professional associations, mentoring, and writing.

Nominations were submitted from local government professionals from across the country. This year, we empowered ELGL members to select the top ten of the Traeger List. The ELGL Evaluation Team reviewed and selected the remainder of the list.

Photo: Chris R. Hamilton
Chris Hamilton
Bicycle/Pedestrian/Transport Coordinator
City of Key West, FL
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42. Chris Hamilton, City of Key West, FL, Bike & Pedestrian Coordinator

Word on the Street: Chris is a leading thinker on car-free transportation. He’s passionate about getting people to use alternative transportation options. He is a must-follow on Twitter. Chris will keep you up to speed on parking requirements, bike share, and more.

Learn More: Podcast: Car-Free Planning in DC & Key West

For the complete list of 100 click here.

Podcast: Car-Free Planning in DC & Key West

Chris Hamilton joins GovLove to talk all about car-free transportation, planning and paradise. Chris is the Car-Free Key West program manager and former Transportation Bureau Chief for Commuter Services in Arlington County, VA. He shares how small investments in marketing can impact transportation use, the value of bike share and more.

June 6, 2017
GOVLOVE – A PODCAST ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
#129 Car-Free Planning in DC & Key West, FL with Chris Hamilton

Link to the page on the GovLove site: https://elgl.org/podcast-car-free-planning-in-dc-key-west/

GovLove named Chris to its 2017 Traeger Award winners for Top 100 Influencers in Local Government. He came in at #42.

It’s Too Early!

Friends of Car-Free Key West‘s Chris Hamilton joins Key West journalist Gwen Filosa on her weekday morning show “It’s Too Early!” on Island 106.9 FM on December 17, 2019. Gwen and Chris had a rollicking good time talking about bikes and cars, about some wonderful new things the City of Key West is doing, about biking around Key West and about the World Series Champion Washington Nationals too. Take a listen to a very fun 30 minutes! You can find Gwen on Facebook here.