With the Venetian causeway now officially closed for an extended period of time, Miami bicyclists are highly concerned with the lack of safe options connecting the beach to the mainland. The Venetian has by far been considered the best alternative with its scenic route and traffic calming features that keep cars moving at a reasonably safe speed. Alternately, the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways have always been treated more like highways with cars and trucks traveling over 60 miles an hour. The latest closure leaves bicyclists at the mercy of drivers with little options for a safe route.
Peter Beach, a concerned Miami Beach resident is stepping up and proposing a petition that would install protected barriers along both causeways. While this is certainly a great idea, the petition stresses the importance of installing barriers as soon as possible. Due to the forced road closure of the Venetian, the next 9 months will be significantly more dangerous for all bicyclists traveling to and from the beach. This proposal serves as a proactive solution that would mitigate the threat of another potential tragedy.
Just last April, a bicyclist was killed after being struck by a vehicle on the Julia Tuttle and being ejected over the causeway bridge into Biscayne Bay. If you believe protected barriers are a good idea, please sign this change.org petition and share with your friends and family.