Countdown to the Venetian: T-Minus One Month

Bridge repairs are underway across the Venetian Causeway.  For the past 6 months, thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians have been anticipating the re-opening of this critical and scenic corridor connecting Miami Beach to the mainland.  Due to the bridge closure, non-motorists have been forced to reroute their east-west commutes across the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways, both high-stress commuter routes offering little protection with cars zooming by at 60+ mph speeds.

VenetianJust last week we highlighted a new green bike lane across Miami Beach’s 16th street.  The Venetian Causeway bridge repair in another critical component  adding to Miami’s 21st century built environment where cars, bikes and peds all benefit from improved accessibility and protection.

*Photo courtesy Michael Matthews

Gables Bike Day 2016 is February 28

Gables Bike Day

This year Bike Walk Coral Gables will be hosting its FIFTH Annual Gables Bike Day on Sunday February 28, 2016 from 11AM-3PM in Merrick Park across from the historic Coral Gables City Hall at 405 Biltmore Way Coral Gables, FL 33134. Biltmore Way from LeJeune to Hernando St. will be closed to vehicular traffic.

We invite all cyclists, skaters, parents and children to this event for a day in promoting health, physical activity and bike safety in the community including guided bike tours throughout Coral Gables, healthy food and drink vendors, farmer’s market, music, art bike exhibit, scavenger hunt, family activities, giveaways, fitness classes and much more.

Green Mobility Network will be there providing free bike valet to all event participants!

Art Festivals Going Bike-Friendly

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is offering bike valet  this year.  We think it’s a first for this always-popular event, and we’re excited to be working with them to make the show more accessible.  If you bike to the festival on Feb. 13-15 you’ll find our Green Mobility tent at the main entrance, 2980 McFarlane Road. There friendly volunteers will park and protect your bicycle — and share information about this and other projects making greater Miami better for people who bicycle, run, and walk.

The concept of bike valet at an arts festival was tested and proven at the Rotary Arts Festival in South Miami, where we’ll be back on Feb. 20-21 at 5750 SW 72nd St.

Want to help at these or other Green Mobility events? Visit our page at Volunteer Match.

Speak up for safety of people on bicycles, people on foot

Here’s a chance to improve one of the few Florida laws protecting people riding bicycles. We’re talking about our three-foot law, the one that tells drivers to give someone on a bicycle a three-foot “margin of life” when passing. There’s a move underway to broaden the law to also protect pedestrians, highway workers, and certain others – and to specify a hefty fine for a driver whose failure to pass safely results in someone’s injury. We especially like the effort to prevent deadly right-turn collisions.

We’re talking about the Vulnerable Road User Bill, which has already won committee approval in the Florida House and Senate. Now it’s time to let our local legislators know that we care about this and want it passed.

The bill exists in the House as H253 and in the Senate as S332. Please write or call today to give these bills a boost. This page at the Florida Senate will help you find the man or woman from your district, and give you their phone number, address, and email link.

If you’re in the district of Rep. Jose Oliva, your voice will be especially helpful. Oliva, of Hialeah, chairs the House Economic Affairs Committee, where H253 currently awaits consideration. The committee’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 2.  Continue reading Speak up for safety of people on bicycles, people on foot

Beach’s 16th Street Bike Lane Has Gone Green!

Great news for those who commute by bike in Miami Beach!  Just this past week, the City of Miami Beach painted 16th Street with a beautiful green bike lane.   This street is one of the most popular commuter corridors for residents on bikes. The east/west connection has had a striped bike lane, but the lane was in need of a facelift and better visibility to drivers.

The 16th Street green lane is just one component of a comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that has been in the works since 2013.  The Master Plan is sponsored by the city and is being carried out by The Street Plans Collaborative.  As South Florida’s most urban environment, Miami Beach is undergoing a massive overhaul to give more priority to bike and pedestrian mobility.  The plan envisions a robust expansion of protected bike lanes around Miami Beach. Upgrading to a green bike lane is just the first step in a larger plan that will culminate in protected lanes on 16th Street, Euclid, West Avenue, Washington, Collins and 5th Street.   We look forward to more green bike lanes (and protected lanes) installed in Miami Beach coming soon!

*Photo courtesy Xavier Falconi

Coral Gables Tours the Ludlam Trail!

Many thanks to Bike Walk Coral Gables and Coral Gables Museum for leading a bike tour from downtown Coral Gables to the Ludlam Trail mid-point in AD Barnes Park.  Approximately 25 riders enjoyed a leisure ride through neighborhood streets and eventually came to a trail access point near Waterway Drive.  GMN program manager Eric Katz was present to greet the group and offered the latest information regarding the Friends of Ludlam Trail campaign, and how they could help support the cause.

GroupTalk-300x225Bike Walk Coral Gables is well-known for its community bike tours, usually occurring within the city, but because the Ludlam Trail has such a regional impact the ride leaders knew it was important to introduce Coral Gables residents to the trail that lies just minutes from the city limits.  To help provide context, before the ride embarked, staff from Coral Gables Museum toured the group through the museum exhibit Ludlam Trail: Grassroots to Treetops. The exhibit displays the medium to long-term goals for the FOLT campaign which includes the construction of a linear park and trail stretching from Dadeland to Miami International Airport.  The exhibit is open until the end of January 2016.

Future collaborations with Bike Walk Coral Gables coming soon!

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