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Causeway re-striping on Tuesday

Rickenbacker Causeway just west of the Powell BridgeThe 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.

Cyclists ride in Rocafort’s memory

Enda Walsh addresses cyclists at the Miguel Rocafort memorial ride    Hundreds of cyclists turned out on Sunday to honor cyclist Miguel Rocafort and appeal for the driver who struck him down on March 31 to surrender to police.

“We’d like to encourage the guy who hit Miguel to turn himself in,” said Eli Stiers, chairman of SafeStreetsMiami, a traffic safety campaign of Green Mobility Network. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Stiers, above left, spoke at the start of the ride in West Kendall, where Rocafort’s wife and stepson appealed for motorists to use caution when passing or meeting bicycles on the street.

The ride was the latest public event organized by SafeStreetsMiami, a project that was launched after cyclist Aaron Cohen was killed by a hit-and-run driver in February. Cohen’s riding partner, Enda Walsh, above center, was at Sunday’s rally to underline the day’s safety message.

“I think there is a prevailing attitude with some people in Miami that it is OK to drive drunk, to run red lights, to hit cyclists and pedestrians and to keep going and not even stop, render aid or take care of them,” Walsh said, “and we need to do everything we can to try and change that attitude.”

Anyone who knows who might have hit Rocafort should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

“We’re going to do everything we can,” Stiers said, “to get justice for Miguel.”

Share the road, share the sidewalk

Sharing is meant to be a two-way behavior. The writer of the note here understands it very well. Hers is the kind of awareness that we hope to build through the SafeStreetsMiami campaign. The note is shortened slightly and the author’s name left out by request.

 

Just thought I would contact your organization regarding the tension between cyclists and pedestrians.  I have been in both circumstances being nearly run over by a cyclist on the sidewalk/paths and no warning they were coming as a pedestrian.

 

Today I encountered a jogger in Pinecrest while I was cycling west on the sidewalk along SW 111th/112th Street or Killian.  I used my bell to alert him of my approach as he was not wearing earbuds.  When I was not certain he heard the bell I politely warned “bike on your right” as he sort of moved to the left.  However, as I proceeded to pass him he intentionally pushed me and I fell off my bike and was then called a bitch. As always I was wearing a helmet.

 

I was not able to avoid this jogger by leaving the sidewalk for the road. There was a car present and we would have collided . . . I try to avoid the roads due to the many unfortunate incidents that have occurred recently with cyclists and cars.

 

Your organization has done wonderful things in this community such as the wonderful bridge over the Snapper Creek Expressway which I regularly use. I try to bike as much as I can for errands, which helps to limit my carbon footprint.

 

While there needs to be better education of motorists to share the road, it seems like cyclists and pedestrians, too, need some education.  . . . Maybe your organization can bring some attention to these issues as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SafeStreetsMiami Forum

SafeStreets Miami emblemAn important community conversation has restarted following the untimely death of cyclist Aaron Cohen on the Rickenbacker Causeway.  Let’s keep it going at the SafeStreets Miami Forum on Wednesday, March 7, at the O Cinema in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.  The address is 90 NW 29th St. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m.  There will be attended bicycle parking.

At today’s meeting sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, scores of people crammed into the County Hall press room heard county and City of Miami police brass announce renewed attention to speed enforcement on the causeway. Notably, the county is adding patrols during the “straggling home” hours when driving under the influence is so common. Along with their Key Biscayne counterparts, the agencies will study results and report in April on how the stepped-up enforcement is working.

 

Last night, the county Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee pushed back at two of three proposals presented by traffic engineer Jeff Cohen of the public works department. Instead of a proposed six speed zones, stepping up from 30 mph to 45 and back down to 30, the committee called for a uniform 35 mph speed limit on the entire causeway.  And the committee balked at a proposal for applying white ceramic speed bumps along a new double white line between the bike lane and the motor lanes on the two causeway bridges. The discs would be slippery when wet, and thus a hazard to cyclists, a unanimous committee felt. Committee advice is forwarded to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which sometimes accepts it.

 

The forum on March 7 will (a) present information about current plans to improve the safety of streets in Miami-Dade County and (b) provide an opportunity for members of the public to make comments and ask questions of a panel of relevant elected officials and decision makers.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to safestreetsmiami@gmail.com.