Just last week, another texting & driving tragedy hit close to home as Miami Bike & Build rider Patrick Wanninkhof was struck and killed due to a distracted driver who was too busy on the cell phone rather than paying attention to the road. This simple yet highly dangerous act of driving negligence has claimed too many innocent victims, and has communities across the country struggling to find solutions.
Florida Department of Transportation has recently launched its Put It Down campaign aimed at educating the public about the dangers of driving while texting. Green Mobility is a proud partner in this campaign and will begin distributing informative data with hopes to educate the local community and inspire us all to #PutitDown! For those who are ready to 100% give up driving and texting (or those who already have), please sign this Pledge Card, and share it with your neighbors, family, and friends.
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!
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.
If you drop by the School of Architecture at FIU on Saturday (March 16) you can see and comment on plans for the River of Grass Greenway, the proposed hiking and biking trail between Naples and Miami. On my visit yesterday I got a kick out of the aerial maps detailing the full 26 miles between Krome Avenue and the Collier County line. It was easy to recognize spots I’d been to, and envision how a trail would make visiting the Everglades both more fun and more educational. The Saturday session, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 341 of the PCA building, will conclude a three-week series of workshops designed to encourage public input on what the trail should be like. If you haven’t offered your ideas, I encourage you to do so — either in person or by visiting the planners’ website. Continue reading Check in on Greenway Planning
A third series of public workshops to plan the River of Grass Greenway will be held March 12-16 at Florida International University. These sessions will focus on the corridor along U.S. 41 between Krome Avenue and the Collier County line. You can follow progress on the proposed cross-state greenway at www.evergladesROGG.org and contribute your ideas for the planning at www.RiverofGrassGreenway.org.
The FIU meetings will be held at the College of Architecture & the Arts, on the north side of campus at 11200 SW 8th St., Miami 33199. The schedule follows: Continue reading Plans Workshop for Trail in Glades
A new video is out that highlights the exciting potential of exploring the Everglades on foot or by bicycle. It’s from the Naples Pathways Coalition, foremost advocates of the River of Grass Greenway. You can watch it here. Plans are taking shape in a series of public workshops this week at Naples, mentioned in this blog a week ago. Continue reading Visualize an Everglades Greenway