Making news in the world of urban affairs this week is a new book called Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change. It’s by our chairman, Anthony Garcia, and his partner in Street Plans Collaborative, Mike Lydon. Their design firm grew out of the work that Lydon did on Miami 21, the modern rewrite of the City of Miami’s land-use plan.
Our own secretary, Eric Tullberg, will be honored by the UEL this evening for many years of service to improve bicycling and walking throughout Miami-Dade County. Newly-elected County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava will deliver the keynote message.
Anyone who has to commute in Miami-Dade County knows how hazardous it can be for pedestrians. I myself have had many close calls while biking, and I’m sure our readers have dozens of tales of accidents, near-misses, and other scares (tell us about yours in the comments!). However, a new report released by Smart Growth America adds statistical backing to these anecdotes, showing us just how dangerous navigating the County can be, and underlining the need for safe reform.
The report (available here) calculated the share of local commuters who walk or bike to work, as well as the past 5 years’ traffic fatality data, to determine the most dangerous metro areas, and it appears that Florida has some real work to do: the top 4 most dangerous regions in the nation were Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Continue reading Miami-Dade Ranked 4th-Most Dangerous Metro Area for Pedestrians→
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?
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