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Alton Road Redesigned by FDOT….again misses the mark

It seems like we’ve been tracking the Alton Road reconstruction for years. Well we have. This project has been under design for what seems like an eternity. Today, the Alton Road Reconstruction Coalition released news the FDOT just redesigned the project…again. ARRC had advocated originally for an excellent design that expanded bicycle and pedestrian space, green space.

Unfortunately, FDOT agreed to a 17′ wide median at the expense of a shared-use path and expanded sidewalks. This was pretty unfortunate given ARRC’s original proposal, but to make matters worse, the new designs proposed by FDOT have very little in common with either the original proposal or the one that followed. The 17′ wide planted median has been replaced by a narrow strip of green, with very wide turn lanes. This is a disaster for such an important main street. Check out the proposed FDOT design – what do you all think?

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Join us for the fourth annual Miami Tweed Ride

DATE: Sat., Feb. 23, 2013Tweed Ride flyer--3 logos--2-7-13
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: University Metrorail station

This year Green Mobility Network teams up with Bike Walk Coral Gables on this perennial favorite ride that features old-timey costumes and bikes. Prizes for the best male and female attire and the bike with the most character.

Join us on a pleasant ramble through historic Coral Gables. We’ll stop at special places and learn about the City Beautiful from FIU architecture prof and bicyclist David Rifkind.

Light refreshments for all riders during our stop at the Coral Gables Museum.

Please go to the Green Mobility Network Facebook event page to sign up.

One Year, Two New Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridges

Green Mobility Network has been actively involved in advocating for, monitoring, and supporting the construction of two new bicycle-pedestrian bridges during 2012-13.

The first to open is the bridge across the entrance to the Snapper Creek Expressway just north of Dadeland. Previously, bicyclists, pedestrians, and runners had to cross one of the most dangerous intersections in Miami-Dade County at grade level. The second, which will open early in 2013, crosses the Coral Gables Waterway at Cocoplum Circle. Both of these important projects will help to ensure the safety of future generations of bicyclists, walkers, and runners who use the M Path and the Commodore and Old Cutler trails. Both projects required many hours of our volunteers attending meetings and participating in reviews and discussions—the kind of behind-the-scenes work at the heart of our advocacy efforts.

Photos: Top, Snapper Creek Expressway bridge north of Dadeland soon after opening. Bottom: Bridge at Cocoplum Circle under construction, fall 2012, opening early in 2013.

ARTcycle and Green Mobility Network bike valet parking this weekend, Dec. 7-9!

ARTCYCLE BRINGS 15 ART BIKE INSTALLATIONS, 3 DAILY BIKE TOURS AND BIKE VALET PARKING TO WYNWOOD DECEMBER 7-9.

A partner with Green Mobility Network, ARTcycle was created by founders and organizers Tachi Llamas and Giselle Delgado to raise awareness for riders and drivers promoting wellness and safe streets through an active lifestyle while supporting the arts.

For visitors to the Wynwood art events during Miami Art Week, Green Mobility Network will offer free bicycle valet parking Fri.-Sun., Dec. 7-9, 9am-6pm, in the parking lot of O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., half a block west of N. Miami Ave. Food truck by Bocaditos.

ARTcycle friends donated 15 bicycles that were given to artists who used them to create sculptures and installations. ARTcycle art bikes are exhibited during Art Basel days, December 7-9, 2012 in 11 locations throughout Wynwood.

Visitors may see all the art bikes any day, all day long or they may enjoy a bicycle ARTcycle bike tour sponsored by and departing from Fountain Art Fair – 2505 N. Miami Ave December 7th, 8th, and 9th at noon.

Art bikes will then be auctioned during the ARTcycle Auction event in February 2013. Funds raised will support Green Mobility Network’s Safe Streets Miami educational programs, and ultimately reducing the number of bike-related accidents and fatalities that occur in our city.

For more info and artbikes sale price please contact info@art-cycle.org or call 786.488.8867.

ARTcycle Exhibiting Artists + locations:

Johanna Boccardo + Erwin Georgi at Wood Tavern
Mariano Costa-Peuser at Cafeina | Wynwood Exhibition Center
Giselle Delgado Buraye at Kayu | Respondé
Elio Diaz Jr. (Elito) at Wood Tavern sponsored by Mack Cycle
Katy Stalfus at Fountain
Astolfo Funes at Elemental
Katiuska Gonzalez at Fountain
Lucinda Linderman at Miami’s Independent Thinkers | Armory
Nancy Martini at Gab Studios sponsored by All4Cycling
Janet Mueller at 004 Connec | Graffe Cafe
Maximiliano Pecce at Cafeina | Wynwood Exhibition Center
ri Prabha at Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers
Gioconda Rojas at O Cinema
Aida Tejada at O Cinema

EVENTS:

Thursday, December 6th: Happy Hour at Wood Tavern 5-9pm
Art Bike: Elio Diaz Jr. (Elito),  sponsored by Mack Cycle
Art Bike: Johanna Boccardo + Erwin Georgi
Friday, December 7th: ARTcycle Bike Tour 12 noon
Saturday, December 8th: ARTcycle Bike Tour 12 noon
Sunday, December 9th: ARTcycle Bike Tour 12 noon

 

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Today while pedaling along Tigertail Ave. on my way to Coconut Grove, I came up behind a cyclist towing a heavily laden trailer. I spotted him several hundred feet away because the trailer had an orange safety flag waving from a tall pole. I slowed down as I pulled alongside, and as we biked into the Grove together he told me his story.

His name is Timothy Pitcher. Most of the year he lives in Lakeville, Maine. In early October he’d driven his truck to a town in Maryland just outside Washington with his bike, trailer, and equipment. Leaving the truck with a friend, he’d started on a 1,300-mile bike trip to Key West. He was a cheerful, ruddy-cheeked guy whom I took to be possibly a retiree. Who else would have the time for such a trip? But, no, he said. He’s an independent sales and marketing specialist. He carries a laptop and works in motels when he stops for the day. “My clients all read my blog,” he told me. “They envy me my freedom.”

You, too, can read Tim’s blog. It’s part of a website called CrazyGuyOnABike.com–search for “Pitcher” as the key word. Or just click here to go straight to the journal of his current trip. It’s titled “Dixie Land Ramble.” The CrazyGuyOnABike website chronicles hundreds of bicycle trips throughout the world. If that doesn’t tickle your wanderlust, nothing will.

When we stopped in Center Grove, I got this shot of Tim and his rig. The whole setup weighs about 200 pounds.