Today was my first day back on my road bike since the fatal accident on Bear Cut Bridge nearly three months ago. I don’t think I could have picked a worse day to ride my bicycle on the Rickenbacker Causeway; the Sony Erickson women’s semi-finals.

Here’s what I observed this morning:

  • Hundreds of people riding bicycles
  • Average speed of cars 45-50mph
  • About 10 cars doing at least 65 mph
  • A motorcycle doing about 75 mph
  • A police car (department will remain nameless) overtake another car in the right hand lane while encroaching the bike lane going about 70 mph before the Rickenbacker Bridge. This was a non-emergency, illegal pass; the police cruiser did not have lights on.
  • At least 5-6 cars cut me off as they accelerate in order to overtake me so they could make a right hand turn.
  • A cyclist riding against traffic
  • Safety cones encroaching the bicycle lane rather than encroaching or being placed  in the travel lanes to calm down traffic

7 Responses to My Morning Rickenbacker Causeway Bike Ride

  1. Grayson Peddie says:

    That is very insane… 50+ MPH? *sigh* :(

    Even if I move to Miami, I will never put my life in danger if I walk or ride a bicycle through the causeway.


  2. Thomas says:

    I haven’t biked on the causeway in easily 5 years, but I was walking over it just last week. It is incredible just how fast cars travel on that road - and for what reason? What’s the rush? It’s gotta be one of the best views in all of Miami-Dade County. There really should be a variable speed limit on that road- weekends and non-rush hour it should be down at 40, even 35.


  3. MrSunshine561 says:

    Felipe, PWD has a mailing list and they’re very good (since the LeCanne Incident) alerting about these things. I received at least two emails that I can think of in the past week alerting me to the fact that all these events are going on and to ride with caution.

    Needless to say, I won’t be going anywhere near KB until the mess is over.



  4. Adrian says:

    I was there yesterday so many bicycles! Finally!


  5. Felipe Azenha says:

    Good Morning Mr. Sunshine!

    I do get the PWD memos and probably should consider posting it on Transit Miami. The PWD has been sending me this list for years.

    By posting these caution notices, I feel like Transit Miami would be discouraging people from cycling to this event. We need to do exactly the opposite; we need more people riding to Crandon Park. I will have to give it more thought, but I believe this is a short term solution and does not address the long term fundamental flaws of safety on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Motorists need to use caution; cyclists are the most vulnerable users of the causeway and for the most part already use caution.

    Traffic to Key Biscayne was a mess yesterday and it affects traffic flow for miles on end. Traffic on I-95 and US1 was backed up for miles. The situation was beyond chaotic. Although yesterday was an abnormal day with unusually high car volume, the conditions I witnessed on the causeway are not all that uncommon on a regular weekend morning

    We should be encouraging cycling as a safe alternative to get to this event. TM posted a picture last week of the hundreds of bicycles that were parked in front of the Sony Erickson. Our goal should be to double the number of cyclists that go to this event by bicycle; we should not be discouraging people from riding their bicycles to it. Unfortunately, there is nothing safe about riding a bicycle on the Rickenbacker Causeway during this event.

    How many more cyclists need to die on the Rickenbacker Causeway before we make real fundamental changes to the design on the roadway? As we stand right now, we average about 1 cyclist death very 2.5 years. Are we willing to accept this as the new norm? Apparently so.


  6. MrSunshine561 says:

    Felipe, I completely agree (and I don’t always find myself agreeing with you, LOL) but it depends on how it’s approached/presented. For instance, I know you follow Miami Bike Scene. The posting there was done in a way that people would be informed/cautioned but not discouraged from cycling on KB this weekend.

    People who train or have to be there will not be discouraged. But those of us who’d rather go somewhere else, appreciate the notices. I went to Matheson Hammocks and that place was packed yesterday. Motorized traffic was backed up all the way onto Old Cutler trying to get into the park… My buddy and I went right through on our bikes and could see the acknowledging faces of the folks in the cars when they realized we bypassed all that just by riding our bikes… And it only got better: Cyclists and pedestrians go in for *free.* :)



  7. walter says:

    This guy was very busy holding with one hand the speedometer to read the cars speed while in the other hand writing how many cars and who was against the way and what cone was in the wrong place. your hands should be on the bike not on the notebook and the speedometer and your brain on the road.just in case you havent realize it you are riding your bike on a road not a park. if you are fearing stay home and watch cycling on tv. and let us enjoy rickenbacker!!!


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