Make Crandon Boulevard safer

There are three things that ought to be done right now, before our tears dry over the loss of Christophe Le Canne to a hit-and-run driver on Sunday morning.

  • The authorities need to lower the speed limit on Crandon Boulevard to something reasonable for a road that regularly has thousands of recreational users daily — beach-goers, boaters, runners and cyclists — not to mention Key Biscayne residents driving to and from their homes and jobs. While those wide lanes invite speed, this is not a highway but an urban street.
  • The posted speed, whether the present 45 mph or the more appropriate 40 or 35, ought to be more faithfully enforced. Miami-Dade police deserve public support when they use radar out there, instead of the blowback they too often encounter.
  • Miami-Dade Fire & Rescue needs to explain the calculations it made in shutting Station 15 in Crandon Park two days a week and for 16 hours on weekend days. Any coverage agreement the county may have had with the Village of Key Biscayne and the City of Miami doesn’t seem to have worked on Sunday, when Le Canne lay in distress for 22 minutes while a rescue truck made its way to the Key from South Miami. County Commissioners Carlos Gimenez and Sally Heyman will be asking for answers Thursday at 3 p.m. during the commission’s meeting at 111 NW 1st St., Miami. Many, many cyclists, walkers and runners will be listening.

If you want to read more, check out the Spokes ‘n’ Folks blog and Kathryn Moore’s thoughtful essay dated Jan. 17 at Transit Miami. Also watch the continued coverage by bicyclist and urban affairs reporter Andres Viglucci at The Miami Herald.

Many of South Florida’s cyclists will do a memorial ride Sunday on the Rickenbacker Causeway, starting at 9 a.m. from opposite MAST Academy. Black socks or an armband would be a nice touch of respect. Count on being there for a couple of hours.

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