Congratulations to the Village of Pinecrest and Dr. Lawrence Feldman from Miami-Dade Public Schools for hosting the 8th annual Pinecrest Community Bike Day! The event began at 9am at the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens where riders were welcomed with a community fair complete with DJ, food trucks and a collection of sponsors and community organizations handing out plenty of free give-aways!
The event helped spread awareness toward the Village’s strive to become more bike and pedestrian friendly. All riders were provided free safety gear from local sponsors and were given a quick bike safety workshop by UM Bike Safe just before the group ride began. Green Mobility Network was proud to be in attendance and help spread news about existing neighborhood trails such as the South Dade Trail, Red Road Linear Park, Old Cutler Trail new incoming trail projects such the Snapper Creek and Ludlam Trail. Many thanks to the Village for inviting us to attend this wonderful community event!
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.”
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.
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 2015 Bike & Build campaign is a effort led by young, engaged cyclists who are raising awareness about the affordable housing crisis across the United States. For 75 days, the 31-member team begins at the Atlantic ocean of New Haven CT, and pedals all the way until they reach the Pacific ocean at Half Moon Bay, CA. Yup, across the entire country by bike!
Throughout the trip, the group raises money and periodically stops to volunteer for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and Youth Build USA. One of the riders is a Miamian and FIU alum, Daniela Ruiz. Months before the trip, Daniela was passionately seeking donors to help sponsor her ride. Thankfully, Daniela was able to reach her $4,500 goal, with more donations still coming in! If you would like to support her ride with a donation click here!
Bike & Build is an independent non-profit that has contributed more than $4.5 million to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults. Through pre-arranged gifts, Bike & Build funds affordable housing projects executed by its participants in communities where their events begin. Through their grant program, Bike & Build identifies and supports exciting projects involving young people all throughout the nation. Bike & Build also supports local affordable housing organizations along each route through on-the-road donations.
The last time we spoke with Daniela, their group had crossed the Illinois border. We will continue to check up on the group and celebrate their ride completion, scheduled in August. Great job guys, just over 2,000 miles to go!
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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