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Posts from ‘November, 2009’

Miami Beach Bikeways Committee Update

On Wednesday the 18th, I attended the November meeting of the Miami Beach Bikeways Committee at Miami Beach City Hall. We met in the Mayor’s Conference Room and once again, City Staff were almost half an hour late to the meeting, and it was mentioned this would be addressed later on.
In general this was a [...]

World Center Project RIP?

According to Forbes Magazine the Miami World Center mega-project, which promised to transform Downtown Miami, seems to be imploding.  With the partners suing each other for fraud and Deutche Bank foreclosing on a number of the World Center lots, the project, which was supported by the City of Miami with special favors and taxpayer money, [...]

Intentional Hit and Run Injures Bicyclist on Miami Beach

Friend of Tranist Miami Kenneth Bereski was injured on Wednesday night after a green Mini Cooper convertible with dark side stripes intentionally hit him. Here’s how the incident occurred according to Ken:
It started when the guy tried to use the bike lane as a right turn lane on 16th and Alton. After honking at me [...]

Reflections On The Second Transit Summit

Funding and bus service were the themes of the night at the second annual Miami-Dade Transit Summit. In attendance were Mayor Alvarez, County Manager Burgess, Assistant County Manager and transit guru Ysela Llort, and Commissioners Barbara Jordon, Chairman Moss, and Carlos Gimenez. The audience was a mix of transit aficionados and transit users (or both) [...]

Counting Pedestrians in Downtown

Yesterday I posted a blog regarding the lack of crosswalks in Downtown.  I took it upon myself during lunchtime today to count the number of pedestrians that crossed the street on SE 3rd Avenue and SE 1st St. were a crosswalk currently does not exist. If there was ever any doubt whether a crosswalk is needed, [...]

Critical Mass Memorial Bike Ride

[ November 27, 2009; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Government Center
101 NW First St
Downtown Miami

Our friend Rydel over at Miami Bike Scene is organizing a very special Critical Mass ride this month. This ride will be dedicated to the memory of Rodolfo Rojo, a 17 y/o who was killed by a speeding car on October 30th, 2009. Rodolfo was planning on attending his [...]

Dangerous By Design: Lack of Crosswalks in Downtown

FDOT just recently repaved a section of Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown.  I’m not sure why, but several major intersections were left without a pedestrian crosswalk. I really can’t think of a reason as to why FDOT did not take this opportunity to include 4 crosswalks at every intersection.  There is enough density and pedestrian activity [...]

Miami Beach Bikeways Committee

[ November 18, 2009; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] If you are a Miami Beach resident and care about the future of bike facilities then come down to the Miami Beach Bikeways Committee, this Wednesday at 2 pm.

Where: Mayor’s Conference Room, 4th Floor, City of Miami Beach City Hall

Letter From Transit Miami Reader

Hi, I read Transit Miami daily, and I know you guys take suggestions for ideas for the blog. I was thinking TM could write something about bikes lanes at our local universities (most notable FIU and UM which have large biking populations). I’m a bicyclist at FIU, and I just recently wrote to our Facilities [...]

Transit Summit This Week

As advocates of transit and alternative transportation within the Miami region, we have a duty to our future region to stay vigilant and continue to push for greater funding for alternative transportation methods and improving our current roadways and infrastructure. Secondly, we must make sure that we act responsibly and respond when [...]

Port Tunnel Hits A Roadblock

The City of Miami’s plan to finance their portion of the global agreement hit a roadblock last week when the County Commission deferred the approval of a findings of necessity study which declares Watson Island and Bicentennial park to be “irreversible slum and blight”.  It is rumored that the Commission [...]

Downtown Sidewalk Disappearing to Accommodate Cars

These pictures were taken yesterday in front of the 200 South Biscayne Boulevard building. Cars have always parked here illegally to pickup passengers. So in order to accommodate the cars, approximately 4 feet of sidewalk has been taken away from pedestrians. Pedestrians are now only left with about 4 feet of sidewalk.
Sorry, but I want [...]

Dangerous By Design: The MacArthur Causeway

Inspired by the recent Dangerous by Design report produced jointly by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for America Transit Miami will begin documenting existing conditions that are dangerous and potentially deadly to pedestrians and bicyclists. In what will likely be an infinite collection of posts, the MacArthur Causeway will be the first roadway [...]

An Open Letter To Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Department of Transportation

Dear Governor Crist,
As you may know a recent report produced jointly by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for America has shown that the following four metropolitan areas within Florida are the most dangerous cities for pedestrians in the United States.
1.         Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
2.         Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
3.         Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
4.         Jacksonville, [...]