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BASIC ACTION ALERT: EUCLID AVENUE IN MIAMI BEACH

July 12, 2010
9:00 amto12:00 pm

The proposed roadway design for Euclid Avenue from 5th Street to 16th Street will be discussed at the following two upcoming meetings. It is extremely important that as many members of the bicycling community attend these meetings in support of the proposed bike lanes on Euclid Avenue.

CIP Oversight Committee meeting, July 12, 2010, 5:30pm. City Hall, 3rd Floor - Commission Chambers.

Historic Preservation Board meeting, August 10, 2010.  9:00am. City Hall, 3rd Floor - Commission Chambers. If a time certain are provided, I will let you know.

Not only are the bike lanes in jeopardy on this important North-South corridor in South Beach, but the entire project to improve the drainage and enhance the sidewalk and landscaping on Euclid before the end of the year will be yanked if a strong show of force for the proposed streetscape, that includes two bike lanes, is not approved.

The storm water management upgrades, the underground work needed for this street, is proposed to be funded through stimulus money.  This means the work must be completed in the ground by December 31, 2010 for the work to be eligible for federal reimbursement.  If the neighborhood continues to fight for the removal of the bike lanes, the City has stated that if controversy still exists after these two hearings, or if HPB does not approve the streetscape with the bike lanes, there will not be enough time to complete the project before the deadline. The City has no other way to fund this project now, and will not take this on.  Millions of dollars of improvements are at stake!

Other than the NIMBY cry of “We just do not want the bike lane in our neighborhood” there is no reason to stop this important project.

BUT YOUR VOICE MUST BE HEARD!

As the agendas and staff reports become available for these meetings, I will send them on to you.  In the meantime, please send an email to the Chair of the CIPOC, Commissioner Saul Gross at saul@stream-line.com and urge him to keep his personal promises and implement the Atlantic Greenway Master Plan, which includes bike lanes on Euclid Avenue.  Please also send emails to astohl@miamibeachfl.gov and MichaelBelush@miamibeachfl.go for the meeting of the HPB, with your views in support of the bike lanes for that body.

Thank you for your support.

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8 Comments

  1. Anon says:

    Stop the biased “reporting”. There is no NIMBY cry of “we don’t want bike lanes”, rather there is a pro-walkability cry for wider sidewalks. Why don’t you report on how narrow the sidewalks will be if bike lanes are included? Bike lanes on Euclid is a dumb idea, especially if it means sidewalks that are 5 ft narrower. The neighbors want wide sidewalks with shade trees, what’s wrong with that?

  2. Tony Garcia says:

    Anon, this is community submitted information…Transit Miami is not providing an opinion on this matter. If you have a strong opinion perhaps you should use the community commentary section of the site to post your opinions rather than rail against others anonymously.

  3. Anon says:

    Not railing, simply pointing out that characterizing bike lane opposition as “NIMBY” is biased and should be fact-checked. A start would be to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the post that you are simply cutting and pasting community-submitted editorializing.

  4. Tony Garcia says:

    It says “by community commentary”! But I will add a disclaimer at the top just for you Anon…

  5. Charlie Fischer says:

    I live on Euclid Ave & 14th Street and I want bike lanes.

    I also want the rest of my neighbors to trim their bushes on Euclid Ave so that the sidewalks are passable.

  6. Gabrielle says:

    Anon:

    It is what it is, and in fact, the leadership of Flamingo Neighborhood worked long and hard to lobby the City to remove the bike lane from Euclid Avenue, claiming the bike lane was unfair to them, unwanted and not what they expected. Their words, not BASIC’s. Go see their web site and check it out. The issue now is how low can the roads go in that neighborhood, (travel lane width wise,) and still be safe for bicyclists with no dedicated lanes other than Euclid Avenue. BASIC is opposed to narrowing a travel lane, i.e removing asphalt, that would have, could have, and should be used for a bike facility, while still leaving 18 feet of asphalt on a roadway dedicated to parking cars. Parking is not mobility. BASIC advocates for multi-modal Active Transportation: wide sidewalks with well marked and even lighted crosswalks,(!), bike lanes or, at the very least, sharrows, for many roads in Miami Beach and matching robust public transportation that encourages active transportation. On-street parking is the sacred cow here, especially shocking in Flamingo, a neighborhood that claims to have the lmost households without cars outside of Manhattan! Removing even half the parking along the avenue, would have made the asphalt a wash with the bikelanes. But no!!!!! A very loud and it’s off the table no. Parking stays while bike lanes are the first to go. The City has more public parking spaces than hotel rooms! BY A LOT, and plans to bond out $70 million dollars to build more: 879 more at $45,000. a space. (For all you math junkies, those 879 planned new garage spaces are only part of this bond issue). Many parking structures here are under used, some even loosing thousands of dollars every month. BASIC believes folks should be parking in garages, or on private property, not on the clogged, gridlocked streets. Parking guarantees more cars. We need less cars and more people on the streets of Miami Beach, and we should design and engineer our City to promote that. Until the City rolls out the red carpet for bicyclists and walkers, through the segregation of cars and bikes in the travel lanes, bikes will continue to roll on sidewalks and mix with pedestrians. Not the way BASIC believes a Safe, Integrated City should be. Complete streets must include wide sidewalks AND marked bike lanes: not one over the other. Thank you for the conversation, whoever you are!

  7. Felipe Azenha says:

    Do we have drawings or plans for the proposed changes? I think there is enough ROW for parked cars, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians to coexist. I’d like to see exact measurements.

  8. Tony Garcia says:

    I don’t have a problem with the on-street parking. In fact, on-street parking is a traffic calming element that buffers the sidewalk from the street. In a case like Euclid, you need traffic calming by reducing lane width, but I wouldn’t remove the parking. Parking is not the enemy. On-street parking is a characteristic of multimodal, balanced neighborhoods. The argument for centralized parking is not that it will lead to removal of on-street parking, but that every property owner does not have to provide parking on-site. The bike infrastructure for an compact, urban situation like this is not a fully dedicated lane, but a sharrow. Once you calm traffic, bikes should be safely accommodated within the sharrow.

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