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.
Just 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.
Great news for those who commute by bike in Miami Beach! Just this past week, the City of Miami Beach painted 16th Street with a beautiful green bike lane. This street is one of the most popular commuter corridors for residents on bikes. The east/west connection has had a striped bike lane, but the lane was in need of a facelift and better visibility to drivers.
The 16th Street green lane is just one component of a comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that has been in the works since 2013. The Master Plan is sponsored by the city and is being carried out by The Street Plans Collaborative. As South Florida’s most urban environment, Miami Beach is undergoing a massive overhaul to give more priority to bike and pedestrian mobility. The plan envisions a robust expansion of protected bike lanes around Miami Beach. Upgrading to a green bike lane is just the first step in a larger plan that will culminate in protected lanes on 16th Street, Euclid, West Avenue, Washington, Collins and 5th Street. We look forward to more green bike lanes (and protected lanes) installed in Miami Beach coming soon!
The FDOT will be holding a series of public hearings in the coming week regarding road redesign projects around the county. The first is about the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the proposed improvements to NW 47th Avenue, from NW 183rd St. up to Premier Parkway in Broward County. It will be held on Thursday May 22nd, at Florida Memorial University’s Conference Center (15800 NW 42 Ave) at 6 P.M This project is designed to provide additional roadway capacity to improve mobility and safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike.
Another meeting will be held on Thursday May 29th regarding the proposed improvements to NW 57th Avenue, from W 84th St. to NW 186th St. The project mostly involves repaving and restriping the road itself, and will also include improvements to pedestrian ramps and signalization equipment (push buttons). We hope to see you there! The meeting will be at Dade Christian School (6601 NW 167th St.) from 6-8 P.M.
The City of Miami Beach will be hosting a public workshop to discuss BIKE MIAMI BEACH, a holistic and comprehensive redesign of the Miami Beach street network to re-balance transportation priorities to take into account the concerns of pedestrians, cyclists, tree canopy advocates, and neighborhood associations. The plan will look at previous mobility, bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety studies and plans to inform how to best integrate bicycle travel into the transportation network. The Street Plans Collaborative will give a presentation on existing challenges and opportunities in the street network, and will host a mapping exercise where residents will draw their preferred routes for incorporation into the plan.
Date: Tuesday,May 13, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Place: Miami Beach Golf Club
2301 Alton Road
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
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The Miami Beach Community Ride is brought to you by Miami Beach Bicycle Center and the City of Miami Beach. This ride is perfect to meet and greet new people, get exercise, and have a great time. Thanks to the Miami Beach Police, the traffic is stopped and the riders can enjoy a continuous safe ride. At the half way point the riders stop to drink water and take a quick breath. The best thing about the ride is that its FREE! The ride is every second Saturday of the month starting from the store at 9a.m. If you would like to join our email list just click on the email link below.
On May 7 at 8 a.m., in celebration of National Bike to School Day, the city has partnered with the University of Miami BikeSafe Program and Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center students for a Bike to School Day ride.
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