J.M. Palacios

John-Mark PalaciosJohn-Mark “JM” Palacios is a professional engineer with a passion for roadway design–not simply design that meets the standards, but design that meets human needs. He founds Camino Palacios as an expert in Complete Streets engineering and design. For three years he was the Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation District 4, which covers most of the “Florida Atlantic” megapolitan area, from Broward to Indian River County. Much of his time was spent reviewing plans on screen or issues in the field, pushing for quality walking, bicycling, and transit facilities. At FDOT, John-Mark managed a $311,000 grant with Broward County Transit to create the nation’s first countywide bicycle sharing program, Broward B-Cycle. He also performed bicycle and pedestrian counts within the district in order to lay the groundwork for a more permanent count program. He has been central in evaluating ideas and opportunities for implementing the East Coast Greenway and Broward County’s Barrier Island Greenway in one of the most challenging sections around Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

At FDOT he also worked over two years as a roadway designer, working on reconstruction and resurfacing projects. He was lead designer on the I-95 resurfacing project in Hobe Sound, FL, a high crash area that needed safety improvements including curve warning signage and correction of the cross slope and superelevation transition. In addition, he worked on a state road 60 widening project in Vero Beach, FL; focusing on Traffic Control Plans, sidewalk design, signing and pavement marking, turn lanes, and utilities.

JM writes occasionally for TransitMiami.com, where he advocates for more livable streets in the Miami area. He has also been involved with New River Wesleyan Church, as youth director, board trustee, and technical director. He enjoys cycling, from the daily commute to work to the occasional group ride for charity such as the Tour de Cure for diabetes or organizing fundraisers on his own. He is currently a member of the American Planning Association, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and the Institute for Transportation Engineers.

While earning his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Florida, nestled in the hills of bicycle-friendly Gainesville, he beta tested the LOSPLAN software that FDOT currently uses to evaluate roadway Level of Service. In 2013, working as a research assistant while studying for his Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, he developed a spreadsheet to calculate pedestrian LOS as part of the City Life project. John-Mark is skilled at performing pedestrian and bicycle LOS analysis, and at balancing the needs of pedestrians and cyclists with motorists. He is currently developing a software tool to calculate Level of Service for all modes using the criteria developed in the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual. For his Master’s planning project, he compiled transportation projects into a map-based website designed to encourage public participation using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). John-Mark is a certified Professional Engineer in the States of Florida and Hawaii.