Congratulations, Eric!

Our secretary and co-founder Eric Tullberg was honored by the Urban Environment League last night for his many years of activism on behalf

Eric Tullberg was a founding member of Green Mobility Network and has served as its secretary almost from the start.
Eric Tullberg was a founding member of Green Mobility Network and has served as its secretary almost from the start.
of bicycling and walking.  He’s been creative, energetic, and industrious in his volunteer activity. We’ve said here before that Eric has bicycled every path south of Kendall Drive and a good number of the rest. Because of that he brings to his work with Green Mobility Network, as a member (and currently chairman) of the county’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and as an advisor to his village council, an unmatched depth of knowledge of needs and opportunities throughout the county. He richly deserves the UEL’s Orchid Award and we happily and heartily offer our congratulations.

We back Critical Mass — and safety

Green Mobility Network supports the Miami Critical Mass rides as being one of most important bellwethers of the rise of bicycle culture in Miami-Dade County. The rides have helped thousands of Miamians discover and enjoy bicycling, and that is a good thing. We hope everyone who participates in these rides will be considerate of all other road users. Wherever we ride, we should make safety our priority and courtesy our habit. Any rider who fails to do that obscures the fact that bicycling is a healthy activity that is good for the environment and a wholesome thing.

We urge city leaders to bring together all members of the bicycle community to engage in a constructive dialog that preserves what is special about the Critical Mass ride, while also ensuring public safety

Developer Plans to destroy M-Path rejected!

A land developer has pledged that any development on the lot at 401-405 LeJeune Road will not encroach upon the M-Path!

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The section of the Path that has been protected.

At the May 27 meeting of BPAC, the developer rolled out proposals to build a bank with a drive-through on the lot, which would have  placed the flow of traffic directly onto the M-Path. GMN  was there to represent the thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians to demonstrate their opposition, with BPAC members making it clear that safety is a priority and that any encroachment upon the M-Path was unacceptable. Representatives of Green Mobility Network, Friends of the Greenlink, Bike/Walk Coral Gables, Run Club Network, and Bike SoMi voiced their opposition and reiterated that the community will fight any further intrusion upon the M-Path.

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The battle is not over yet, though! The developer will be re-appearing before BPAC in a month’s time. Although he has pledged to not encroach upon the M-Path, we have to stay vigilant and ensure that our safety is protected. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest news and important happenings with this story!

City of Miami Public Meeting: Bayshore Drive

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The City of Miami will be holding a public meeting on June 9 at 6 P.M. regarding the upcoming improvements to South Bayshore Drive. The project involves a widening and reconstruction of the road with drainage improvements, designated bike lanes and landscape improvements.

The City is looking for feedback from the community on this project and we will certainly be letting them know that we want to make Bayshore Drive a safe and fun place to walk, run, or bike! We will also be attending the public meeting and we hope you do the same; if you can’t attend, the city has set up an email address (ASKCIP@miamigov.com) for you to send your thoughts, comments, and ideas.

Miami-Dade Ranked the 4th-Most Dangerous Area in the Nation for Pedestrians

Anyone who has to commute in Miami-Dade County knows how hazardous it can be for pedestrians. I myself have had many close calls while biking, and I’m sure our readers have dozens of tales of accidents, near-misses, and other scares (tell us about yours in the comments!). However, a new report released by Smart Growth America adds statistical backing to these anecdotes, showing us just how dangerous navigating the County can be, and underlining the need for safe reform.

The report (available here) calculated the share of local commuters who walk or bike to work, as well as the past 5 years’ traffic fatality data, to determine the most dangerous metro areas, and it appears that Florida has some real work to do: the top 4 most dangerous regions in the nation were Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

This is more than an issue of convenience; its an issue of safety and of life and death. This report spells out what most of us already know: that the city of Miami needs more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, including dedicated space, improved sight lines and visibility, measures to reduce vehicle speed at busy crossings, and appropriate traffic controls in order to keep all of us safe. It is important to remember that these steps would not only protect pedestrians, but also motorists who are put into compromising situations due to inadequate infrastructure.

We at Green Mobility Network urge you to voice your discontent! Call up your local elected official and let him/her know that you were disappointed upon reading of this report, and encourage them to build a safer city for all of us!

Protect the M-Path!

The M-Path is a 10.5-mile shared-use path that stretches from Downtown Miami to Dadeland South, and one of South Florida’s best bicycle and pedestrian amenities. It crosses 28 major roadways and runs through Brickell, Vizcaya, Douglas Road, UM and other key landmarks. However, it is in danger of being undermined.

A developer is seeking to build a parking lot, drive-through, and associated back-of-house functions at the corner of U.S.1 and LeJeune Road. This development would encroach upon the M-Path, making transportation more difficult for commuters, students, and all of us who use the path at this busy juncture. More importantly, it would put lives at risk: MPO data shows us that this sort of encroachment leads to more injuries and deaths for pedestrians and cyclists.

We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves by stopping this development or making sure that it involves a fair solution for pedestrians and cyclists. MDT will be holding a presentation on this proposed development at the BPAC meeting on Tuesday, May 27th at Government Center at 5:30 (check out our calendar for details). We urge you to attend the meeting and stand up for our interests! If you are unable to attend, you can help by contacting the Board of County Commissioners or Miami-Dade Transit and making your opposition known.

FDOT Project Meetings: Alton Road, NW 47 Avenue, NW 57 Avenue

fdot-logoThe FDOT will be holding a series of public hearings in the coming week regarding road redesign projects around the county. The first is about the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the proposed improvements to NW 47th Avenue, from NW 183rd St. up to Premier Parkway in Broward County. It will be held on Thursday May 22nd, at Florida Memorial University’s Conference Center (15800 NW 42 Ave) at 6 P.M This project is designed to provide additional roadway capacity to improve mobility and safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike.

Another meeting will be held on Thursday May 29th regarding the proposed improvements to NW 57th Avenue, from W 84th St. to NW 186th St. The project mostly involves repaving and restriping the road itself, and will also include improvements to pedestrian ramps and signalization equipment (push buttons). We hope to see you there! The meeting will be at Dade Christian School (6601 NW 167th St.) from 6-8 P.M.

We urge you to go make your voice heard! Encourage FDOT to make our roads more humane and pedestrian friendly!

 Alton Road

The FDOT is holding a public meeting on Thursday May 29th concerning the proposed redevelopment of Alton Road in Miami Beach. The project will include reconstructing the roadway, updating pedestrian ramps and sidewalks to current standards, installing shared bicycle lanes, widening existing parking lanes from 43rd Street to Pine Tree Drive, salvaging trees and updating drainage structures.

As one of the most popular cities in the region to bike in, Miami Beach is obviously a special focus of Green Mobility Network. Given FDOT’s track record of poor pedestrian and bicycle design in Miami Beach it is important that people go out to let them know to installing safe pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on this major route is a priority. We encourage our readers to attend the meeting and show their support for safe streets! The meeting will be held at the Miami Beach Golf Club (2301 Alton Road) from 6-8 P.M.

 

South Miami, Gables Improve Park Facilities

Last week was a big week for parks in Miami-Dade with improvements to Paciencia Park in South Miami, and the grand opening of Ignrahm Park in Coral Gables.

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A new sidewalk in Paciencia Park follows the path of a well used cut-through path by pedestrians. The sidewalk is a big improvement and will be well utilized!
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Prior to this path, pedestrians had to walk through the park to the get to the station.

A sidewalk was installed in Paciencia Park in South Miami by Miami-Dade Transit that connects the sidewalk to South Miami Station  will help encourage safe and convenient walking and biking to transit.  Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), along with Citizens for a Better South Florida also planted 8 trees and installed two park benches.  We spoke to several commuters at the Park who were very happy to see the trail constructed and confirmed that it would make their daily commutes easier.

We commend Miami-Dade Transit and the City of South Miami for this initiative, and hope that similar improvements can be made all along the M-Path.

In Coral Gables, the city inaugurated the redesigned Ingraham Park, at the intersection of Ingraham Highway and Le Jeune Road. The park is the last of a three phase project that also included the construction of the shared-path bridge over the CG waterway, connecting the Commodore Trail project to the Old Cutler Trail. The newly redesigned park has misting machines, fitness equipment, and multiple benches. The City will also be connecting the park to the sidewalk on Edgewater Drive in an upcoming project, closing an important gap in the Commodore Trail.

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