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Posts from ‘June, 2010’

Chart of the Day: Bikes Beat Cars for Cities Tackling Congestion

By Jeremy van Loon
June 9 (Bloomberg) — Bicycle production may widen its lead over auto-making as governments try to ease congestion and reduce carbon emissions.The CHART OF THE DAY shows the number of bicycles manufactured has grown twice as fast as car output in the past four decades, increasing sixfold. In monetary terms, bikes trail [...]

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Quote of the Day

Today’s quote of the day comes from FDOT spokeswoman Barbara Kelleher.  She spoke to the Miami Herald about a recent report issued by the Daily Beast which designated I-95 in Florida as the most deadly highway in the nation.
It’s no longer possible to add lanes.  We don’t have the money to buy all those homes [...]

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Florida Highways Among Most Deadly

Should it come as a surprise to us that the Florida stretch of I-95 is the most deadly stretch of interstate in the United States? As The Daily Beast reported a few days back, Florida is home to not only the deadliest stretch of highway along I-95, but also the third most deadly segment (I-4) and [...]

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Monday Morning Humor: Little Green Man

Happy Monday to all!  Here’s a little Monday morning humor to get our week started. Thanks to Jeffrey Lynne over at the South Florida Bicycle Coalition for this cartoon.

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An Open Letter to Governor Crist on HB 971

Governor Crist signed HB 971 today. Though I had called before, I wrote a last minute letter to him that was clearly of no avail. I wanted to share it with you so you are aware of some of the issues this bill brings up, and the changes it will now mean. If you are [...]

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Who’s to blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?

Likely path of the oil for four months following the spill. The colors represent the concentration of the oil. 0.20 (dark red) means the oil is 20% as concentrated as it is directly over the spill site. (
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill will most likely make its way to South Florida and directly affect [...]

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Biomimicry and Cities

Treehugger wrote a good piece on how biologist Janine Benyus wants to take her work in Biomimicry to the city. Biomimicry, if you are not familiar with the term, looks at nature in order to apply some of the ways the natural world functions to manmade products or systems. One well known example of biomimcry [...]

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The Port Tunnel May Not Be All Bad…

Friend of Transit Miami Erik Maza over at the New Times did an article a few days ago about the Port Tunnel that spurred a response from Transit Miami writer Felipe Azhena over the value of the Port Tunnel. While I agree with many of their points and I have been a  critic of this [...]

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Another Cyclist Struck and Killed

The Miami Herald is reporting that a Cyclist was struck and killed last night in Hialeah. The crash occurred around Eighth Avenue and 28th Street (East? West?) and the cyclist was killed at the scene. Details on the cyclist have yet to be released.
Special thanks to TM reader Andrew for passing this along. Cycle Safely Folks.
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Is the Port of Miami Tunnel Our Big Dig or Our Tunnel to Nowhere?

A recent article in the Miami New Times compares the Port of Miami Tunnel project to the Big Dig in Boston.  For those of you that are not familiar with the Big Dig, it was the most expensive highway project in the U.S.  In 1985 the cost of the project was estimated to be $4 [...]

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Miami 21 Town Hall Meeting

As part of the implementation of Miami 21, the City of Miami City Commission is holding a Town Hall meeting today, June 1 at 9AM for the purpose of conducting a public forum on Miami 21.
Please come out and let your commissioners know what you want to see in your community. The discussion will center [...]

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Reminder: Florida Transportation Plan Meeting

Dear Friends and Partners,
The Florida Department of Transportation would like to invite you to participate in our important Regional Workshop, June 2, 2010, about how we can make transportation decisions for a better more sustainable Florida, for our future.
2060 Florida Transportation Plan (FTP)
Regional Workshop
When: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Where: Miami-Dade College, The Chapman [...]

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What Exactly IS the Issue with HB971?

For about a month, Florida bike blogs have been awash in calls to request the veto of Highway Bill 971 (HB971) by Gov. Crist. I was one of them. When I first saw the post come through Twitter, I immediately retweeted it to all my followers and posted about it here at Transit Miami.
Thing is, [...]

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2060 Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) Workshop

[ June 2, 2010; 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. ] The Florida Department of Transportation is holding 12 regional workshops around the state to obtain public and partner input on the future of transportation in Florida as part of development of the 2060 Florida Transportation Plan (FTP).  Please plan to attend a workshop in your area and invite your colleagues and friends.

Thank you,

Melanie Weaver Carr

FTP [...]

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Monthly Miami Critical Mass Ride

[ January 29, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. February 26, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. March 26, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. April 30, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. May 28, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. June 30, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. July 30, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. August 27, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. September 24, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. October 29, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. December 31, 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]

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Rydel over at Miami Bike Scene does a kick-ass job organizing the monthly Critical Mass Rides. The ride starts at Government Center on the last Friday of each month at 6:30pm. The route changes every month.   Click here for more information.

Steven P. [...]

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