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.
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.
Here’s a video underwritten by Green Mobility Network in connection with last week’s WHEELS event. Enjoy, and please support Green Mobility Network for tomorrow’s Give Miami Day! Our organization works hard everyday to help make Miami-Dade a safer and more pleasant place to bike, walk and run!
NEW: The second WHEELS 2015 film, “On Our Wheels.” Follow three young professionals who do a radical thing. They leave the car keys in their pockets.
Gov. Rick Scott slashed $6.7 million in legislative appropriations for trails in Miami-Dade County this week, though $25 million for a statewide SunTrail network appears to have escaped his veto pen. Scott struck off:
$3 million for the proposed Ludlam Trail,
$2 million for the Underline project upgrading the M-Path,
$1.5 million for the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway connecting our area’s two national parks
$1 million for a 174th Street pedestrian bridge in Sunny Isles, and
$200,000 for section 8 of the Black Creek Trail.
By the time he finished, the governor had knocked $461 million off the budget passed in the Legislature’s recent special session. The final budget totals $78.2 billion. That includes $25 million for the SunTrail network, a sum expected to be raised from a new motor vehicle registration fee. Here’s the full veto list.
It’s mango tiiiime! Excitement is building for our good friends at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where the 23rd annual International Mango Festival will take place July 11 and 12. This is a perfect event to go to by bicycle, and you’ll find our volunteers in our usual spot off Old Cutler Road — ready to park and protect your bike until you’re ready to leave. Festival tickets are available online.
Do you know about Fairchild’s Bike-N-Five plan? Click here to learn more.
July 1 will mark the end of a feasibility and planning study of the proposed River of Grass Greenway, a visionary trail meant to cross Florida from Naples to Miami. If you want the trail built, these are the last few days you have to make your opinion count. The surest way to support the trail right now is to write to the project manager, Mark Heinicke, and tell him how you’d like to use the trail.
Vocal opposition to the greenway has arisen in recent months, so don’t assume the project will go through without our speaking up. Lest we forget the trail’s potential, note the words of trail sparkplug Maureen Bonness: Continue reading Glades Greenway Study Nearly Done→
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