YOU spoke and FDOT listened! In what may be the first instance of FDOT actually listening to a group of concerned citizens, the Miami Herald is reporting a series of concessions made by FDOT on Brickell in response to the overwhelming support for the Transit Miami/ South Florida Bicycle Coalition Brickell campaign.
Among their concessions, they plan to lower the speed to 35 mph (not the 25-30 mph appropriate for a neighborhood street), add ONE crosswalk on the 1400 block, add sharrows to the outside lane, and complete existing intersections that only have 3 crosswalks.
Our partners at the SFBC had this to say:
The South Florida Bike Coalition will continue to seek an appropriate posted speed limitfor the full length of Brickell Avenue that meets Florida state standards for residential/business districts (25-30mph) despite the recent concession from FDOT to reduce the 40mph to 35mph.
We agree 35 mph is still not appropriate for a pedestrian-friendly street like Brickell- but it is better than 40 mph. As many TM readers have pointed out, a redesign of the street would make the biggest impact on motorist speed, but our efforts came too late in the project timeline to go back and change the design. That being said, we will look into the latest traffic studies conducted by FDOT and let you know what we find. There are basic traffic calming measures that could easily be included in the current design such as raised crosswalks, and prohibiting right turn on red.
We also want to see abundant crosswalks - lots of them. (See below) Unfortunately, when it comes to crosswalks, FDOT still does not understand that doing the bare minimum is not good enough for a safe pedestrian experience. They only agreed to finish all 3-sided intersections (a no brainer) and will install ONE new additional crosswalk at 14th Street. LAME. Transit Miami planners sent the City a list of over 25 locations along Brickell that needed pedestrian crosswalks where none currently exist. Why does FDOT want to make it so hard for us to cross the street?
Here is our comprehensive list of potential locations that NEED crosswalks, including mid-block locations where clearly marked crossings (both on the street and in the median) will make a huge difference for pedestrian safety and access: SE 14 Street, SE 13 Street, SE 15 Road, SE 14 Terr, SE 11 st, SE 12 st, SE 10 st, between 10 St and 11 street at least 1 crossing, between 10 and 8 St - at least one crossing (but 2 crossings evenly spaced would be best), SE 5 St, SE 6 St, SE 7 St. Then from 15 Road to the Rickenbacker you should follow the existing breaks in the median (19 Rd, b/n 18 Rd and 17 Rd, @ 16 Rd, b/n 19 Rd and 18 terr, 21 Rd), and coordinate with existing bus stop locations ( 18 Rd, 20 Rd, 22 Rd). Also, pay special attention to the intersection right after 25 Rd.
We strongly support the inclusion of bike sharrows and increased ‘share the road’ signage. This is a big link in the bicycle network being formed throughout Miami - but for people to be safe and comfortable the speed still needs to be lower. Not to mention that the outside lanes are being widened to allow for sharrows, a point of discussion amongst bicycle planners, who feel that narrower streets calm traffic. FDOT should not widen the street; it’s actually counterproductive to traffic calming and encourages motorists to speed.
Lastly, isn’t it sad that we hear about these improvements from the Miami Herald? This is indicative of how disconnected FDOT is from the community - the FDOT project manager should have informed the residents and business-owners directly of these improvements considering the multiple ways FDOT can communicate with folks. They can do better - and together with you we are going to help them! We look forward to working with FDOT on this project; there is still more that needs to be done. The Transit Miami Eye is watching … we want real complete streets!
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