Connecting Miami: Encounters with an advocate

Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, will visit Miami the last weekend of March to share what his advocacy group has learned during New York City’s street reforms of recent years. You’re invited to hear White speak March 25 at the University of Miami School of Architecture, or bicycle with him in Green Mobility Network’s 2nd annual Tweed Ride on the 26th.

White has led Transportation Alternatives for seven years, during which time the city has steadily improved infrastructure for walking and bicycling — thus broadening the choices that New Yorkers and visitors have for getting around the city. While leadership by the mayor and his transportation commissioner get much of the credit, TA helped create the climate for these important advances. The group’s program is comprehensive, including, for example, parking, Complete Streets, and traffic enforcement as well as the city’s widely-reported new bike lanes.

White will speak as a guest of the University of Miami School of Architecture, at 6:30 p.m. March 25 in Glasgow Hall, Perez Architecture Center. Click here for a map to the location.

For the Tweed Ride, dress like a 1920s lady or sporting gentleman and bring your bike to Metrorail’s University Station at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.  We’ll bike to brunch at the Coral Gables Museum, where you’ll have a further chance to talk with White. A raffle will add to the fun and, we hope, raise needed funds to support our projects of education and advocacy.

The weekend’s events are being sponsored by the School of Architecture, Green Mobility Network, and Transit Miami.