RIDESHARE ZONES KEEP PEDESTRIANS SAFE,
TRAFFIC FLOWING IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH
Going out for a night on the town in downtown Delray Beach? The Delray Beach Police Department and the city of Delray Beach are partnering with ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to make it safer to catch a ride on bustling East Atlantic Avenue.
The idea is simple. Whenever a car drops off or picks up passengers in the downtown area, the driver will go to a designated rideshare zone, so passengers can safely get into and out of the vehicles. This avoids the dangers associated with cars stopping in traffic to load or unload passengers, and it also keeps traffic flowing.
The rideshare zones are identified by signs and are positioned in various locations off Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and Federal Highway. Anyone sharing a ride – whether in an Uber, Lyft, taxi or private vehicle – must use the zones between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. Drivers cannot stay in the zones for more than five minutes.
Before 5 p.m., the zones will be used as loading zones for commercial vehicles making deliveries to nearby businesses as delivery trucks are not permitted on East Atlantic Avenue. Downtown visitors who are using ridesharing services during the day are encouraged to do so in safe places outside of the flow of downtown traffic.
There are seven rideshare zones in downtown Delray Beach marked by signs (see attached) located just north and south of Atlantic Avenue. They are on
- Northeast 1st Avenue
- Southeast 1st Avenue
- Northeast 2nd Avenue
- Southeast 2nd Avenue
- Northeast 3rd Avenue
- Southeast 3rd Avenue
- Northeast 4th Avenue
- Southeast 4th Avenue