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
When Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado issued a proclamation this week embracing Florida Bicycle Month, he not only aligned with a growing movement but also signaled to the public and to city employees that bicycling is an altogether good thing. He called for “increased bicycle usage, providing an opportunity to educate bicyclists and motorists as to the proper and safe operation of bicycles, to promote health and wellness and to address the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.” We appreciate the mayor’s continued support for developing Miami’s bicycle facilities. And by the way, that’s one handsome document, isn’t it?
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
The shoulders of the Julia Tuttle Causeway were marked as bicycle lanes today as the state Department of Transportation began an experiment with bike use of limited-access bridges. This is a welcome addition to crossing Biscayne Bay via the Venetian and MacArthur causeways. We expect it will be especially popular with the bike hipsters of Miami’s Midtown and with tourists staying near the upper end of Miami Beach. If you try it, be especially alert as you leave the causeway at either end.
The state also is working to create similar access on the William Lehman Causeway between Aventura and Sunny Isles.
The green light for both experiments came from the Florida Legislature last year after FDOT, recognizing the growing interest in cycling all over the state, sought an exception from the law barring bicycles from limited-access roads.
Planners working toward the proposed River of Grass Greenway, a cross-state path linking Miami and Naples, will be holding the first of a series of community workshops Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 at Edison State College in Naples (click for map). For a two-page flyer with workshop times and location details, click here. You can learn more about the project, and give feedback online, by visiting this site.
New bicycle lanes are being added on the Lehman Causeway, a major road linking Aventura with Route A1A. Download the FDOT document and map.