There is a growing demand for Calle 8 revive itself as a vibrant urban corridor that supports all modes of transport including transit, biking and walking. “My Calle 8” is a movement of neighborhood residents reaching our to the community and elected officials pleading for FDOT to re-purpose the roadway no longer a one-way 3 lane road. The proposed idea, presents wider sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes, bus lane and two-way car traffic. My Calle 8 has developed a website including background information and a petition to sign and share with representatives in Tallahassee. Below is an excerpt from their website.
“For half a century, Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) has served as an eastbound speedway for commuters, along with the equally dangerous one-way, three-lane, westbound SW 7th Street.
Originally a 2-way typical American main street, Calle 8 between SW 27 & Brickell avenues was transformed in the late 60s into the unsafe “Highway Ocho” we know today.
With FDOT studying the corridor this year, the time is right to convert Calle 8 back into the quaint main commercial core of Little Havana. This will reverse 50 years of highway conditions that have disenfranchised neighborhoods and caused commercial blight.
A broad base of stakeholders has united to urge elected officials, government agencies — and the transportation engineers that serve them – to be innovative. We challenge them to create a 21st century Calle Ocho with comfortable wide sidewalks, additional safe crosswalks and dedicated bike and transit lanes — in a vibrant urban setting.”
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.
Just 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.
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.
Green Mobility Network was proud to partner with Palmetto Senior High’s CLEO Club for their Environmental Fair on May 22. Other organizations attending included the Sierra Club, Tropical Audubon Society, University of Florida among various others, including individual student-led environmental projects.
With the focus of the fair on environmental initiatives, GMN highlighted its Friends of the Ludlam Trail (FOLT) campaign. Students were educated about the multitude of environmental factors associated with the project. Eric Katz, GMN program manager, presented students with a multitude of trail renderings, maps and diagrams explaining FOLT’s goals toward pine rocklands restoration, bonneted bat conservation and how reduced carbon emissions from riding bikes equals cleaner air.
It was a honor to be present at the fair with so many other amazing local organizations. Some students were completely unaware of the Ludlam corridor that was just minutes from their homes, while some were already involved with our campaign and extremely supportive of our efforts. Special thanks to CLEO Club organizers Ms. Amy Leaonard and Ms. Shalla Sorensen. We look forward to the next fair!
Here’s a great idea from our partners at the League of American Bicyclists: Bike to the polls on Nov. 4. You’ll not only do your civic duty but also show the world you want a bicycle-friendly community. #ibikeivote. Photo by Pamela Palma Photography.
The 2013 Annual Mango Festival is here! This Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Fairchild Tropical Garden.This year’s stars are the mangos from Mexico, and you will get to try them in every culinary way you can imagine. There will be culinary demonstrations, tastings and workshops through out the weekend. Bike to Fairchild, we will be hosting a Bike Valet for your convenience. Drop by and talk to us!
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