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.
*Photo courtesy Michael Matthews
The City of Miami will be holding a public meeting on June 9 at 6 P.M. regarding the upcoming improvements to South Bayshore Drive. The project involves a widening and reconstruction of the road with drainage improvements, designated bike lanes and landscape improvements.
The City is looking for feedback from the community on this project and we will certainly be letting them know that we want to make Bayshore Drive a safe and fun place to walk, run, or bike! We will also be attending the public meeting and we hope you do the same; if you can’t attend, the city has set up an email address (ASKCIP@miamigov.com) for you to send your thoughts, comments, and ideas.
The M-Path is a 10.5-mile shared-use path that stretches from Downtown Miami to Dadeland South, and one of South Florida’s best bicycle and pedestrian amenities. It crosses 28 major roadways and runs through Brickell, Vizcaya, Douglas Road, UM and other key landmarks. However, it is in danger of being undermined.
A developer is seeking to build a parking lot, drive-through, and associated back-of-house functions at the corner of U.S.1 and LeJeune Road. This development would encroach upon the M-Path, making transportation more difficult for commuters, students, and all of us who use the path at this busy juncture. More importantly, it would put lives at risk: MPO data shows us that this sort of encroachment leads to more injuries and deaths for pedestrians and cyclists.
We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves by stopping this development or making sure that it involves a fair solution for pedestrians and cyclists. MDT will be holding a presentation on this proposed development at the BPAC meeting on Tuesday, May 27th at Government Center at 5:30 (check out our calendar for details). We urge you to attend the meeting and stand up for our interests! If you are unable to attend, you can help by contacting the Board of County Commissioners or Miami-Dade Transit and making your opposition known.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado issued a proclamation today proclaiming March as Miami Bike Month. We don’t have to remind you how far we’ve come in Miami with regard to bicycle use and infrastructure. Since our inception, we have been intimately involved with the City of Miami, and are proud to be a part of the movement to make Miami a safe and convenient place to bike and walk. We know we have a long road ahead, but here is to continuing the work of making Miami a safe and convenient place to bike, walk and run!