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FDOT Project Meetings: Alton Road, NW 47 Avenue, NW 57 Avenue

fdot-logoThe 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.

We urge you to go make your voice heard! Encourage FDOT to make our roads more humane and pedestrian friendly!
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Green Mobility Network awarded a grant by the Miami Foundation

Green Mobility Network has been awarded a grant for its Safe Routes to School project by the Miami Foundation. The grant period begins July 1, 2012 and continues for one year. We’re looking for teachers, administrators, coaches, parents, and neighbors who want to work with us and learn together how to create safer streets and neighborhoods where kids can walk and bike to school without danger. Please click on “Contact” and send us a message if you have ideas, suggestions, or information about people we should get in touch with. To send the message, please select the “Safe Routes to School” drop-down menu in the “category” box.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please, Commissioners, get us to the ballpark on time

Marlins Stadium photo by Greg HamraMiami-Dade County commissioners took a needed step this week to improve baseball fans’ access to the new Marlins Stadium. The County Commission’s Regional Transportation Committee recommended approval of Miami’s proposed shuttle bus system, which will offer free rides to the stadium, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Brickell Avenue and other parts of the city.  That addresses one of the points in the petition we’ve been circulating.

Further action is needed. You still can help by signing our petition. Here’s why it’s needed:

While several streets near the stadium have been repaved, numerous sidewalks and crossings between the stadium and the nearest bus stops and Metrorail stations need attention. The City’s effort to supplement Metrorail and county bus routes with a shuttle network has hit a roadblock in the County Commission. Moreover, There’s still no clearly defined bicycle route to the stadium from anywhere, though we’re glad to see sheltered bike racks are present. As described in The Miami Herald, private cars are likely to be the primary means of access to this 37,000-seat stadium.

It’s actually commendable that parking space is limited to 5,700 cars. Big facilities in midcity should rely on public transit. It’s sad, though, to reflect on what might have been, if our community had focused its will and resources 10 years ago to build the transit artery tying the stadium neighborhood with the Port of Miami to the east and the airport to the west.

While any Metrorail expansion is years in the future, it should take just days and weeks to do a few easy things that the stadium neighborhood needs:

  • Create a bicycle boulevard on NW 3rd Street from the Miami River to NW 17th Avenue (or even 22nd). That’s already in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan.
  • Make NW 17th Avenue a true complete street, with unmistakable provision for bicycling and easier walking between Flagler Street and the Civic Center neighborhood.
  • Sort out the county-city issues over whether the free city shuttles will divert riders from county transit. Realignment of shuttle routes should solve that. [Between city and county, all was harmony at the committee meeting on Monday.]

Local bus routes lie comfortably close to the stadium on all sides. Miami-Dade Transit aims to add buses there on game days, and Miami Today reports that  requested federal aid for the expanded service is on the way.

Actually, this is where we think the Marlins ought to step up to the plate. The Marlins, who made out so handsomely by hiding their books while county and city officials rushed to build them a new home, should pay for extra buses and drivers on Routes 7 and 11, as well as 12, 17, and 51. Thus the Marlins could begin to redeem their reputation with a public that’s still angry about paying for a baseball palace and getting none of the profit from it. [A county attorney addressed this at Monday’s meeting, suggesting that a federal rule would bar such a subsidy. We’ll look into that and report back.]

Let’s tell our commissioners that we want these bullet items carried out before Belen and Columbus inaugurate the field on March 5 — certainly, before the Marlins open against St. Louis on April 4. It’s easy: Just sign this petition.

Do you like your petitions on paper? You can download a form, get your family and neighbors to sign, then send it back to us. We’ll make sure the pols see it.

Pedestrian death numbers alarming

The latest Dangerous by Design report from Transportation for America (T4A) shines a spotlight on Florida’s very Transportation for America logo high numbers of pedestrians killed in traffic. Over a 10-year period — 2000-2009 — there were 5,163 Florida pedestrian deaths. When you calculate the Pedestrian Danger Index, Florida ranks worst in the nation — and Southeast Florida fourth worst among the 50 largest metropolitan areas. Only the Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville areas ranked worse than the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area — that is, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties taken as one unit.

A good way to wrap your mind around the size of the issue is to look at T4A’s interactive map of where pedestrians were killed during those 10 years. Type in your home address and watch the map come up. I think of my own suburban neighborhood as safe and very walkable, so I was surprised to find the forest of exclamation points spread across Miami-Dade County — each one a marker of some man or woman, boy or girl, killed while crossing a street, or waiting for a bus, or walking home from school . . . The map is truly sobering, and so are the numbers in the T4A charts.