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Co-founder and former executive director of Green Mobility Network.

People who walk, bike, have some friends in Congress

A dramatic late-night vote in the U.S. House on Tuesday blocked a  ban on using federal New Starts transit aid to include sidewalks, lighting, or bicycle racks in any of the projects the bill covered. Thirteen House members from Florida joined in to help defeat Rep. Tom Emmer’s amendment to the transportation appropriations bill. Three of them were breaking from their Republican colleagues. So here, in district order, are the folks from the Sunshine State who are deserving of your thanks:

Here, courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists, is a convenient link for communicating with your member of Congress.  Speaking of which, maybe this is the time to show the League some love and join or renew.

Well done, Dade allies

Today we extend congratulations to two Miami-Dade individuals and an organization who are recipients of Florida Bicycle Association annual awards this spring.  They are Dr. Mickey Witte and state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, for their work to get the Aaron Cohen Law adopted last year, and Bike Walk Coral Gables, which recently held its fourth successful Gables Bike Day. Good work, all of you!

Tony’s book makes a splash

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Tony Garcia, right, solicits ideas for improving the M-Path at an event with Meg Daly, left, the sparkplug of the Underline project to develop the path as a vibrant linear park.

Making news in the world of urban affairs this week is a new book called Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change. It’s by our chairman, Anthony Garcia, and his partner in Street Plans Collaborative, Mike Lydon. Their design firm grew out of the work that Lydon did on Miami 21, the modern rewrite of the City of Miami’s land-use plan.

The book was featured in Slate, which published an excerpt, and with an interview at Next City, the website covering metropolitan leaders, policies and innovation.  There’s more about the book, too, at the publisher’s website.

Tony will be speaking about his ideas April 2 at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The talk starts at 8 p.m.

Meetings to shape Ludlam Trail vision

A pair of charrettes — community-based planning workshops — will be held in coming weeks to help neighbors of the proposed Ludlam Trail refine their vision of a world-class linear park extending 6.2 miles from Dadeland to the City of Miami’s westernmost neighborhood. The trail has been a dream for decades, and now Friends of the Ludlam Trail — an initiative of Green Mobility Network — is working hard to make the dream a reality. Continue reading Meetings to shape Ludlam Trail vision

Transit is key at Transportation Summit

PhilWashington The head of the American Public Transportation Association, Philip A. Washington, joins Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez at the 2015 Transportation Summit.  The all-day program Jan. 22 at Miami-Dade College’s Chapman Conference Center includes exhibits and programs to focus on the future of Miami-area public transportation.