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Unsuitable Brickell Avenue

Just the other day I was crossing Brickell Avenue and SE 8th St on my bike with a green crosswalk light when a large SUV pulled up within inches and honked his horn.  I was startled of course, not only is the sight of a massive 4,000 pound hunk of metal a bit intimidating and [...]

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FDOT Showdown on Brickell. Let’s Rally the Livable Streets Troops!

Please join the Brickell Homeowners Association as they host FDOT District 6 on Wednesday September 15 @ 7:00pm at the Metropolitan Condominium located at 2475 Brickell Avenue. It would be a good idea to encourage as many people as possible to attend this meeting. If you live, work, play or visit the Brickell area this [...]

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University of Miami Student Struck by SUV Crossing U.S. 1

The Miami Hurricane is reporting that Marie Cushmore, a senior at the University of Miami was struck by a Ford Expedition while crossing U.S. 1 and Mariopsa Court last Wednesday around 9:30pm.
Unfortunately, this is not the first accident here. According to The Miami Hurricane this intersection has had a history of accidents involving UM student [...]

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FDOT Resurfacing Project Coming to Brickell; Transit Miami Eye is Watching

The word on the livable street is that FDOT will begin a major resurfacing project on Brickell Avenue early next year.  Brickell Avenue will be resurfaced from SE 25th Road to SE 5th Street (approximately 1.5 miles).
This is an excellent opportunity for FDOT to shows its commitment to livable streets. Brickell Avenue is [...]

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Meet Lance

I had to stop to talk to Lance yesterday. Lance was born with out legs and it doesn’t seem to bother him.  He casually told me “I never had legs, so I don’t know what its like to have them”. He’s completed multiple marathons using his skateboard and trains on the Rickenbacker Causeway.  Unfortunately, he [...]

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Do bicyclists and pedestrians outnumber cars on the Rickenbacker Causeway on weekend mornings?

Unscientific Transit Miami research says “yes”.  On my morning ride today, I decided to count cyclists and cars during 5 minute periods.  If you may recall, I shot a five minute video a few weeks ago and I counted about 180 cyclists.  Here are the results of today’s handle bar research:

Number of Bikes [...]

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Pic of the Day: Barely Recognizable Crosswalk on Brickell

We already know that pedestrians have a rough time in Miami, but it doesn’t help when we can’t even maintain our crosswalks properly striped.  I guess we should feel lucky that we even have a barely recognizable crosswalk here. Many intersections in downtown and Brickell don’t have crosswalks. This picture was taken in front of [...]

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Does a Woman Have Equal Right to Mobility in the City?

Street harassment is one major reason why more women do not take public transit, walk or bicycle. Cat-calling, the ‘holla’, whistling and beeping horns are reasonable expectations for any woman walking or bicycling down a Miami street. Who wants to put up with that?

As an advocate for both bicycling and walking, I hear a lot [...]

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Bicycle lanes on Miami Beach put on the chopping block?

[ June 23, 2010; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Transit Miami received this email regarding Euclid Avenue from Gabrielle Redfern, on behalf of BASIC (Bicycle Activists for a Safe, Integrated City)
Another day, another bicycle facility on the chopping block in the City of Miami Beach.  Current plans call for dedicated bike lanes on this road when it gets reconstructed in the nearer future. Even [...]

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Hit and Run on Calle Ocho

The Miami Herald is reporting yet another hit and run. The collision occurred around 12:20 pm today near the intersection of Southwest Eighth Street and 24th Avenue.  A white or light gray colored SUV traveling eastbound, hit an elderly man that was standing on the sidewalk, leaving him in critical condition. The driver [...]

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Transitography #138: France

For the past couple of weeks I have been eating, drinking, and biking my way through France. My wife and I spent a week honeymooning in Provence and another week in Paris.
We spent the first week of our honeymoon cycling through the heart of wine country in Provence. Our tour was organized by Headwater and [...]

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Envisioning a Flagler Street Mall

Many of our readers have suggested that Flagler Street in Downtown Miami should be converted into a pedestrian mall. There are many arguments for and against such a move. During the 70’s and 80’s many cities in the United States tried to convert a portion of their central business district to a pedestrian only mall. [...]

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A Brief History of Bicycle Accidents on the Rickenbacker Causeway

I began biking on the Rickenbacker Causeway about 10 years ago. Back then no one knew who Lance Armstrong was and cycling was not nearly as popular as it is today.  I have seen the Rickenbacker Causeway change significantly since 2000. Ten years ago there wasn’t as much traffic or the number of cyclists we [...]

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Just another Sunday morning on the Rickenbacker Causeway

Yesterday I went for a bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway.  This is what I witnessed:

Several hundred bicyclists
Hundreds of pedestrians
Two Miami Dade Police cruisers enforcing the speed limit
At least 7 cars driving in excess of 50 mph
Five cars driving in excess of 65 mph on the bridges
A SUV swerve into the bicycle lane while doing [...]

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Poor Placement of Red Light Camera on Miami Beach

I’m a big fan of red light cameras, but I’m not a fan of putting them in the middle of the sidewalk. Not much consideration was given to people with disabilities or parents with strollers when they stuck this pole on the NE corner of 71st Street and Indian Creek Drive. We shouldn’t place a [...]

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