A partnership between the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County has yielded a slew of new bicycle safety bus stop advertisements targeting motorists. The main message: Share the road, give at least three feet of width when passing, and bicyclists have the right to use the full  travel lane. Great message to spread, right?

Just one small problem: many of the ads were placed on the wrong side of the doublesided bus stop advertisement kiosks, which means that motorists (and bicyclists if riding properly) traveling along the city’s many one-way downtown streets will never see them!

I have been told that this unfortunate error will be rectified shortly. Let’s hope so…

Miami Bike Safety Bus Shelter Ad

Great ad, but not one motorist, bus driver, or bicyclist will see this on Northeast 1st Avenue.

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10 Responses to City, County Post Bicycle Safety Bus Stop Ads

  1. love bikes says:

    It’s great to see the saftey of cyclists has been improved here but disapointing to hear of the blocked view for traffic on the signs.

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  2. Mike Lydon says:

    Indeed, we will be monitoring these signs over the next week or two. Hopefully the correction will be made ASAP!

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  3. brody says:

    Great news! A step in the right direction for Miami.

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  4. Brian says:

    I only had three cars come within 6 inches and/or verbally threaten me today.

    Must be working.

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  5. Ellen says:

    Hi Mike. There’s one on SW 8th Street near 37th Avenue facing the wrong direction. It only caught my eye because the front was an advertisement for the upcoming Depeche Mode concert…my favorite band. I know how deeply everyone cares about that, of course. Anway…I’m thinking “what the heck is that ad doing on Calle Ocho?” and as I swiveled my head around, I noticed the bike poster on the back side. LOL @ Brian’s comment about only being threatened by three cars!

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  6. Mike Lydon says:

    Yeah….Ellen, I have been told they are being corrected. Let’s hope all of them are done ASAP! thanks for the report.

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  7. Brian says:

    A few of my friends and I that commute from the downtown area have been trying this. That makes us either brave or stupid, and I’m afraid of my own shadow.

    I am still going to take up my whole lane, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else. Right now, it really is a death wish, because you’re adding a new element of danger to your commute. Before, you just had to deal with stupidity, but now it’s stupidity and anger.

    If you’re going to change anything, the signage needs to increase tenfold. It also needs to be put in English, Spanish, Creole, Klingon, and Pig Latin. Considering that every bus stop this side of the Miami River has a strobe light effect at night, I doubt very seriously any of this would happen.

    On the bright side, sometime in 2046 there’s going to be a bike lane on NE 2nd. Ave for vans and trucks to park on.

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  8. Have any other ads gone up? Other locations?

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  9. Yvette Perez (Mrs. Slow Bike Miami) says:

    This is a great first step, although I agree with Brian: the signage has to increase about a hundred fold and stick around (this can’t be an “up for a week, then gone forever” campaign. Make PSAs, run in the local news, make it so people CAN’T ignore it. AND, reinforce that threatening a cyclist is ILLEGAL, have cops be vigilant for that kind of aggression towards cyclists and TICKET people.

    Miami is not a city where subtlety works, unfortunately, and change must often times be forced with a crowbar…

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  10. Clockcycle says:

    Eight Months later, even Law Enforcement don’t seem to be aware of the Laws regarding Bicycles on the Road.

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