Sept. 4 Resolution is Bad for Bicycling—Commission Meeting Postponed to Sept. 6

Update to the following post: Originally scheduled for Sept. 4, the County Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Sept. 6. This allows even more time for e-mails to the commissioners. Please send an e-mail now.

A resolution on the agenda of the Sept. 4 Miami–Dade County Commission meeting would ask the state legislature to change the law requiring FDOT to make accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians on urban state roads during repaving and reconstruction projects. There will be no opportunity for public comment during the meeting.

The law, from section 335.065 of the Florida Statutes, provides that bike lanes and sidewalks shall be given full consideration in the planning and development of state roads in urban areas by the Florida Department of Transportation, meaning that if the state is planning an upcoming project, it has to consider bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the design.

The Sept. 4 resolution would hurt the efforts of bicycle and pedestrian advocates by undoing the progress we’ve made. Sponsored by District 6 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, it’s a response to an upcoming repaving project on 57th Ave. between 8th St. and Bird Rd. where state engineers are planning to include a bike lane and are encountering constrained road dimensions in some areas.

FDOT can choose from a variety of bike facilities on state roads like 57th Ave. This resolution will only hurt the cause of making Miami-Dade’s streets safer for all users. We strongly urge Commissioner Sosa to pull this item from the agenda and work collaboratively with the bicycle community to advance better bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout Miami-Dade County.

Please copy and paste the following message and send it to the e-mail addresses below. Do it now! It’s not too late to stop this ill-advised resolution.

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Re:Sept. 4, 2012, Agenda Item #121569–Bad for Bicycling–Please Pull From Agenda

To the Board of County Commissioners:

Agenda Item #121569 is bad for bicycling in Miami-Dade County and potentially the entire state of Florida. It would turn back the clock on significant progress in winning accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban road projects. It was placed on your agenda without public input. I urge you to pull it from the agenda and make time for public discussion of this important matter.

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SEND TO THE INDIVIDUAL COMMISSIONERS–JUST COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESSES

mayor@miamidade.gov, officeofthechair@miamidade.gov, bjordan@miamidade.gov, district2@miamidade.gov, district3@miamidade.gov, district4@miamidade.gov, district5@miamidade.gov, district6@miamidade.gov, District7@miamidade.gov, District8@miamidade.gov, DennisMoss@miamidade.gov, district10@miamidade.gov, district11@miamidade.gov, District12@miamidade.gov, district13@miamidade.gov

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