Category Archives: Transportation

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

Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden this weekend!

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 3.18.23 PMThe 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!

One Year, Two New Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridges

Green Mobility Network has been actively involved in advocating for, monitoring, and supporting the construction of two new bicycle-pedestrian bridges during 2012-13.

The first to open is the bridge across the entrance to the Snapper Creek Expressway just north of Dadeland. Previously, bicyclists, pedestrians, and runners had to cross one of the most dangerous intersections in Miami-Dade County at grade level. The second, which will open early in 2013, crosses the Coral Gables Waterway at Cocoplum Circle. Both of these important projects will help to ensure the safety of future generations of bicyclists, walkers, and runners who use the M Path and the Commodore and Old Cutler trails. Both projects required many hours of our volunteers attending meetings and participating in reviews and discussions—the kind of behind-the-scenes work at the heart of our advocacy efforts.

Photos: Top, Snapper Creek Expressway bridge north of Dadeland soon after opening. Bottom: Bridge at Cocoplum Circle under construction, fall 2012, opening early in 2013.