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
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.
The year in jail that Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas sentenced Michele Traverso to is far too insignificant for killing Aaron Cohen last year.
We share the outrage of the cycling community and sympathize with the Cohen family for what certainly seems a continuation of this awful tragedy. Aaron Cohen’s death was, unfortunately, one of many on Florida’s roads, as our state was the top-ranked state for bicyclist and pedestrian deaths in 2012, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking.
Florida should be doing more to protect vulnerable people from this careless violence. The Legislature needs to pass better laws so that police and prosecutors can charge criminals appropriately for such death and injury. Judges should realize that society benefits when dangerous drivers have strong incentives to respect the wellbeing of others. The small risk of getting caught, and small penalties if convicted are out of line with the excess of deaths by motor vehicle and the horrible consequences for victims’ families and all of Florida.
Normal responsible drivers know to keep a safe distance away from bicycles, drive at reasonable speeds, obey signals and signs, and give up the steering wheel when necessary. Irresponsible drivers make it necessary to adopt more specific laws and strong penalties in order to keep us all safe on shared roads.
At the local level, Aaron Cohen’s memory can best be served if we, as a community, join together to improve the safety of our roadways in his honor. By supporting efforts to improve conditions for cyclists, pedestrians, and all users of our roadways with a renewed sense of urgency, we help to diminish the utter senselessness of his death. One important step would be for Miami’s leaders to implement the city’s Bicycle Master Plan, which was created in 2009 but is still far from being a reality. Continue reading Let’s Channel the Anger Over Traverso
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.
After years of planning, Miami-Dade County is installing a bicycle-pedestrian bridge at Cocoplum Circle. The bridge is at the southern end of the five-mile Commodore Trail, which begins just south of the Rickenbacker Causeway toll plaza. Monitoring of improvements and advocacy on behalf of the Commodore Trail was one of Green Mobility Network’s earliest priorities—and has continued to be a priority for our volunteers and advocates since 2005. Click here to read more about the bridge project.
Guidebook author Sandra Friend runs this lovely site, filled with maps, links and other gimmicks to help lovers of the outdoors find new places to stretch their legs.