Category Archives: Safe Streets

Good times at Pinecrest Community Bike Day

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!

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(Left to Right) Eric Katz of Green Mobility Network, Dr. Lawrence Feldman of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Mayor Cindy Lerner from Village of Pinecrest

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!

My Calle 8 Urges For Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure

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.

PlusUrbia_Calle-Ocho-Proposed-Plan-web“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.”

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Countdown to the Venetian: T-Minus One Month

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.

VenetianJust 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.

*Photo courtesy Michael Matthews

FDOT Launches Put It Down Campaign

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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.

People who walk, bike, have some friends in Congress

A dramatic late-night vote in the U.S. House on Tuesday blocked a  ban on using federal New Starts transit aid to include sidewalks, lighting, or bicycle racks in any of the projects the bill covered. Thirteen House members from Florida joined in to help defeat Rep. Tom Emmer’s amendment to the transportation appropriations bill. Three of them were breaking from their Republican colleagues. So here, in district order, are the folks from the Sunshine State who are deserving of your thanks:

Here, courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists, is a convenient link for communicating with your member of Congress.  Speaking of which, maybe this is the time to show the League some love and join or renew.

Alton Road Redesigned by FDOT….again misses the mark

It seems like we’ve been tracking the Alton Road reconstruction for years. Well we have. This project has been under design for what seems like an eternity. Today, the Alton Road Reconstruction Coalition released news the FDOT just redesigned the project…again. ARRC had advocated originally for an excellent design that expanded bicycle and pedestrian space, green space.

Unfortunately, FDOT agreed to a 17′ wide median at the expense of a shared-use path and expanded sidewalks. This was pretty unfortunate given ARRC’s original proposal, but to make matters worse, the new designs proposed by FDOT have very little in common with either the original proposal or the one that followed. The 17′ wide planted median has been replaced by a narrow strip of green, with very wide turn lanes. This is a disaster for such an important main street. Check out the proposed FDOT design – what do you all think?

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