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Posts from ‘September, 2008’

Pic o’ the Day: LRTs & Park Space

I know, we’ve been slacking on some of our regular features, but trust me, we’ll be back on a normal schedule within the next few weeks.  In any case, this new modern metro is one of my favorite examples of how well streetcars/LRT can be integrated with the surroundings and park space.  Although this picture [...]

News

Remember ShuttlePort? The FLL shuttle service that had problems with drivers crashing? This LA Times article points out that it was owned by the same company that employs Metrolink engineers. Yes, that’s the Metrolink that had the commuter rail crash earlier this month.
Streetsblog had a post last week with a link to a document outlining [...]

More on the Bayshore Bicycle Lanes

We filled you in recently on the North Bayshore Drive Bicycle lanes - from what we have heard, the city is working to adapt this project to include the lanes.  No official word yet, but we will keep you posted as we hear more.
It has come to our attention that another critical bicycle access point [...]

Links

The Congress For The New Urbanism listed their ten most endangered freeways. Too bad none are in Miami.
Skoda tests new streetcars in Prague.
Should the two Presidential candidates debate the future of our cities?
I’m currently in Washington D.C. Too bad I didn’t have my wheels yesterday…
Recycling may get easier, more predominant on the Beach. Finally. Now [...]

Bicyclist Killed by Car in Fort Lauderdale

We have altogether too many sad reports of bicyclists being hit in this area. Even worse, the latest incident resulted in the death of the bicyclist. Thursday morning, a car driving east on SR 84 collided with a bicyclist heading south on SW 4th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Our sympathies are with the family and [...]

Bike Miami Route and Website

The City has unveiled the proposed, and still somewhat tentative route and time for Bike Miami. It is as follows:
- Flagler Street from the Courthouse to Bayfront Park will closed from 10am-3pm, with a main event scheduled for 11am in front of the courthouse.
- SE 2nd Avenue from Flagler (by the Gusman) [...]

SAVE THE DATE - BIKEMIAMI - November 9th

What do New York City, San Francisco, Portland have in common with Miami? Ah…not much you would say. The first three are revered as some of our country’s most progressive, sustainable and livable cities. But Miami? Well, the times they are ‘a changin’.
Enter BikeMiami.
Last December I wrote an op-ed to the Miami Herald urging city [...]

Two Kids Struck on Bicycle in Broward Hit and Run

In yet another South Florida hit and run, two children age 10 and 13, were struck yesterday in Broward County while bicycling down their neighborhood street. The heartless driver took it upon themselves to leave the scene of the accident. Police have asked citizens to keep a look out for the car in question, which [...]

Pic o’ the Day: More Concrete, Less Grass

What seems out of place in this picture?  If you guess the triangular sliver of grass amid all the concrete and parking, then you guessed right.  I was browsing through the most recent copy of the LRTP or TIP, don’t remember which one but that is besides the point, when I came across some preliminary [...]

Metro Monday: Miami Arena Implosion

Carfree Day!

From the World Carfree network:

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.
But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to “normal” life. When people get out of [...]

What Kind of Mobility Do We Want? Green Mobility!

The Green Mobility Network is a growing force in Miami-Dade bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.
The nascent organization was founded in July of 2007 by a few like-minded people, including founding member John Hopkins, who runs the most excellent Spokes ‘n Folks blog.
John says:
“Now’s the time, bicycle riders, to write a check or pledge some of your [...]

Energy Improvement and Extension Act

Have you heard about this act that is about to get voted on in the Senate this Thursday or Friday? It seems like a good thing for those of us using alternative transportation. There’s a tax credit for plug-in “electric drive” vehicles, among other energy related rebates. My favorite is the bicycle commuter tax benefit [...]

Pic’O the Day

While searching for an image to depict ‘The Missing American Railway’ I found this map from the University of Texas collection. From1900, the map displays America’s Principal Railways along with the country’s major population centers (in brown).
An updated map would surely show a massive smear of brown in the Sunbelt, particularly the Southwest and California, [...]

Dude, Where’s My City Car?

A few months ago we realized Miami was missing out on the benefits of car sharing and asked, “Dude where’s my Zipcar?” As proponents of this easy car sharing program we were disappointed to see that it wasn’t more widely used in our region, although Miami Beach and the University of Miami recently [...]