The appropriations bill being wrapped up in the Florida Legislature includes $50 million to complete a 275-mile bikeway from St. Petersburg to Titusville. The money’s for the Coast to Coast Connector, filling seven gaps between several existing trails. Imagine what $50 million could do for the planned Ludlam Trail in Miami’s south suburbs.
Several months ago, when the Office of Greenways and Trails aired its priorities around the state, we asked Jim Wood, who headed the agency at the time, why South Florida had fared so poorly as the state built an impressive series of trails upstate over the past 20 years or so. Each of those existing trails, he pointedly said, has had a local champion — generally an elected official — who led the way to show local authorities and lawmakers the value of the proposal. So the Ludlam needs a champion. Will it be you?
By the way, since Florida has a line-item veto there’s no guarantee the Coast-to-Coast Connector will go through until Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill. The project didn’t appear in the budget he submitted to the Legislature.
Miami Police request that if you’re taking part in the Corporate Run Miami tomorrow evening, you not bring knapsacks, gym bags, and the like. Just bring what you really need for the walk/run event starting from downtown Bayfront Park. Maps and timetables are provided here to help you out. If it’s available where you are, Metrorail will be the best way in and out of downtown. Just be patient about the crowds. Good luck, everyone!
Friday is Bike to Work Day in greater Miami, and several of our mayors will kick off the event from Metrorail’s University Station in Coral Gables. You’re invited to ride downtown along the M-Path, our town’s premier bicycle commuter route, with County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Key Biscayne Mayor Frank Caplan, and retired Olympic
cyclist Nelson Vails. Now how often do you get a chance to go bicycling with an Olympian? To catch all the fun, be at 5400 Ponce de Leon Blvd. well ahead of the 8:30 a.m. pedals-up signal.
Thanks to crusading Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, the village of Pinecrest will hold a town-hall meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14, with officials from the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority to discuss the future of the busway adjacent to U.S. 1 south of Dadeland. The meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd,
One scenario for the busway under consideration is to turn it into a toll road. According to Lerner, that would preclude ever extending Metrorail south from Dadeland. “I want to start a dialogue,” Lerner told the Miami Herald. “The general public is completely unaware of what’s being prepared.” According to the Herald, Lerner and others have been pushing for more transit options for U.S. 1 south of Dadeland Mall, which is where Metrorail ends.
There are sweet discounts on tickets for our Bike to the Ballpark outing this Sunday, Sept. 30. The Miami Marlins set aside seats in the Vista Box, the Legends Silver 3rd Base section, and Home Plate Box D — with prices of $15 to $45. You must order before 1 p.m. Saturday.
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