The SR/CR A1A corridor has many destinations including the Atlantic Ocean beaches, Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk, Flagler Beach Pier, Ocean Center, Ocean Walk Entertainment Center, Daytona Lagoon Waterpark, Sunglow Pier, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and numerous restaurants, retail shopping, hotels, and condominiums. The corridor is home to many local residents and serves as a major tourist destination, making it a key economic driver for eastern Volusia and Flagler Counties. Pedestrian/bicycle activity along this corridor is robust and, as a result, the potential for conflict between pedestrians/bicyclists and automobiles is high. The SR/CR A1A corridor should be a primary area of focus to reduce overall pedestrian/bicycle crashes.
In late 2014, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released its 2015 Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative and identified Volusia County as a Top 15 High Priority County. Pedestrians and bicyclists are identified as Vulnerable Road Users in the Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). One SHSP strategy is to “develop and use a systematic approach to identify locations and behaviors prone to pedestrian and bicycle crashes and implement multidisciplinary countermeasures.” Another 2015 SHSP strategy is to “increase awareness and understanding of safety issues related to Vulnerable Road Users.” The River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization (R2CTPO) has conducted the SR/CR A1A Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Study to help generate a list of suggested improvements addressing the growing need for pedestrian/bicycle safety along SR/CR A1A in Volusia and Flagler Counties.
The project’s study limits include SR/CR A1A between the southern limits of Bethune Beach to the south and the Flagler County/St. Johns County Line to the north. The portions where SR A1A coincides with US 1, between Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange and 3rd Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, were not included within the study area limits. Certain areas of SR/CR A1A that have been studied within the last 5 years were also excluded from the study area in an effort to reduce duplication of efforts, but are summarized in Section 3 – Literature Review.
- Focus Area A: Peninsula Ave to E. 3rd Ave (New Smyrna Beach)
- Focus Area B: Park Ave to Ribault Ave (Daytona Beach Shores/Daytona Beach)
- Focus Area C: International Speedway Blvd. to South of Earl St. and North of Oak Ridge Blvd. to North of University Blvd. (Daytona Beach)
- Focus Area D: SR A1A from Plaza Blvd. to Rockefeller Drive (Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach)
- Focus Area E: Sandcastle Dr. to Holland Road (Ormond Beach/Ormond-by-the-Sea)
- Focus Area F: Kathy Dr. to Wisteria Dr. (Ormond-by-the-Sea)
- Focus Area G: S.23rd St. to S. 11th St. and at the Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort (Flagler Beach)
- Focus Area H: 9th St. to 13th St. N (Flagler Beach)
- Focus Area I: 19th Road to Apache Drive (Flagler County)