The eastbound bike lane and right-turn lane approaching the Powell Bridge on the Rickenbacker Causeway are to be re-striped on Tuesday to reduce conflicts and confusion between drivers and cyclists. The new striping should alert eastbound drivers in the right lane that they can’t cross the bridge from that lane, said James Martincak, road and bridge maintenance supervisor for Miami-Dade public works. This is one of the trouble spots that was mentioned as we collected ideas during our SafeStreetsMiami campaign earlier this year.
Traffic engineer Jeff Cohen said the new striping will follow revised guidelines just added this year to the national standard manual for street markings. Martincak said that, weather permitting, the work will start at 9 a.m. and should be completed in one day.
Read the just-released article by Green Mobility Network board member and journalist Hank Sanchez-Resnik. Hank is a resident of Key Biscayne whose bicycle is his primary means of transportation. He bikes the causeway nearly every day. He is also one of the founders of Green Mobility Network’s SafeStreetsMiami campaign.
The Miami Herald has published an editorial calling for changes on the Rickenbacker sooner than later. The issue of safe streets, and a safer Rickenbacker, is now front and center in Miami. Read the editorial here.
We are compiling the questions that were raised at our SafeStreetsMiami forum on March 8. Answers — and suggestions for getting answers — will be posted here.
Board member Suzanne Kores captured the scene at yesterday’s rally on the Rickenbacker Causeway for greater street safety. Tom Evental made available this stirring video. The voice you hear at the beginning is our co-founder Hank Sanchez-Resnik, who played a big role with allied groups in organizing the event. We appreciate the chance to share this with you, and greatly appreciate the cooperation of Miami-Dade Public Works and other local authorities.
This message was prepared and agreed to by members of several organizations that represent bicyclists, runners, pedestrians, and other users of Miami’s streets and roadways. All were involved in a meeting to plan the event with County and City staff. We are grateful to the County and City representatives who are working hard to make the event go smoothly and without incident.
Time and location: The event will take place between 9-9:45 a.m. on the southbound side of the William Powell bridge (the “high” bridge). This is the side going toward Key Biscayne. The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles during this time, and traffic will be redirected to the other side of the causeway.
Riding to the event: Cyclists are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Bayfront Park Fountain on Biscayne Blvd. & Flagler St. in downtown Miami, pedals up 8:45 a.m. The ride will proceed south on Brickell to the Rickenbacker Causeway. Two toll gates will be reserved exclusively for bicyclists.This ride will be led by the Esserman bicycling team in their yellow jerseys—Aaron Cohen was a member.
Traffic and parking: To minimize traffic and parking problems, please avoid driving to the event. If you must drive, please try to park either before you get to the Powell bridge or on the U.S. 1 side of the toll plaza.
Respect other users of the roadway: Because of the event, the multi-use path on the bridge is likely to be crowded with pedestrians and others. Please avoid bicycling on the multi-use path, and please be courteous to others if it’s crowded.
Please behave with the respect this event deserves—all of Miami will be watching. We are saddened and angered that this event is necessary. We intend to follow up with discussions about ways to prevent such incidents in the future. But this is not an occasion for angry demands and political grandstanding. Let’s show all Miamians that we deserve their respect and attention.