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.”