South Florida has one of the highest rates in the country for injuries and fatalities to bicyclists and pedestrians.
In January 2010 a drunk hit-and-run driver killed a bicyclist riding in the bike lane on the Rickenbacker Causeway. In February 2012 a nearly identical incident occurred. Both bicyclists were fathers of young children.
In 2009, the most recent year with reliable statistics, 69 pedestrians were killed in Miami-Dade County. The most vulnerable groups are children and the elderly.
Dangerous By Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and Making Great Neighborhoods) ranks the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. Miami is one of the top four. The report says that states simply are not spending enough to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.
Only by working together will we bring about the change that’s needed.