St. Petersburg Selected as a Finalist
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 17, 2010) - The National League of Cities (NLC) recently announced that St. Petersburg is one of only 45 finalists for the 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence. The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize cities and towns for outstanding programs that improve the quality of life in America's communities. St. Petersburg was chosen for its pedestrian crosswalk system called the Enhancer.
The Enhancer is a solar-powered, pedestrian activated, crosswalk device that uses rectangular LED rapid flashing amber beacons. The city was given permission to help develop and test the device through the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration in 2006. The Enhancer was installed at 18 uncontrolled crosswalks. After two years, data collected showed an overall average motorist yielding compliance rate of 82.37 percent. The very high rate was sustained and no identifiable negative effects have been found. The St. Petersburg data also revealed that drivers exhibited yielding behavior much further in advance of the crosswalk with the Enhancer than with standard round yellow flashing beacons.
The winners of the 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence will be announced during NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition in Denver, Colorado, November 30 through December 4, 2010. The programs are evaluated by a panel of judges. Eight winners are chosen from four population categories, with a gold and silver winner in each category. More information about the Awards for Municipal Excellence can be found on the NLC website at www.nlc.org/ame.aspx
"We are pleased that St. Petersburg is a finalist for our Awards for Municipal Excellence," said Donald J. Borut, NLC's Executive Director. "This shows that even at a time when so many cities are struggling financially, cities and towns continue to develop the most creative and innovative solutions."
NLC received nominations from cities and towns in 40 states. Finalist programs exhibited exceptional public-private partnerships, productive citizen and community collaborations, management of municipal resources, implementation of government policies, project implementation with tangible results and/or the ability to replicate the project in other cities.