The state Department of Transportation held an information session Oct. 25 to show its plans for “improving” Collins Avenue between 5th Street and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Beach bike activist Gabrielle Redfern reports on the meeting at Transit Miami. Cyclist alert: the plan doesn’t look nearly as bike-friendly as earlier FDOT announcements led us to believe. Skinnier sidewalks, plus left-turn lanes, we hear.
There was a big win for Green Mobility this week. The Miami City Commission approved, 5-0, the Bicycle Action Plan offered by Mayor Manny Diaz to set the city on the path toward true bicycle-friendliness. We've been working for this since February, but to underline its importance we held a demonstration ride outside City Hall before the commission meeting. Mayor Diaz and Commissioners Joe Sanchez and Marc Sarnoff joined us on the ride, along with Police Chief John Timoney and several other city officials. Much remains to be done — both to execute the present plan and to create the public climate that will support broader and richer efforts throughout Greater Miami. Won't you help us bring it about?