FDOT paints a new green bike lane leading onto I195 heading west.

FDOT paints a new green bike lane leading onto 195 heading west.

If this is the FDOT’s idea of safety, looks like all cyclists are pretty much screwed in Miami. FDOT is now encouraging cyclists to ride a bicycle on 195. The design speed of 195 probably exceeds 65mph and this so called “unprotected bike lane” is also a shoulder. Seriously? FDOT will have blood on their hands soon enough. If a cyclist is struck on this highway, it is very unlikely he or she will survive.



14 Responses to FDOT Leading Cyclists to Slaughter

  1. Seth Alvo says:

    That picture is just crazy to look at… they would have been better off without a bike lane than routing cyclists straight through an on-ramp!

    ANYTHING is better than what they did there. Horrible.


  2. Carolina says:

    That’s at the entrance to the Julia Tuttle Causeway, right? I live not far from there, and I noticed that lane recently. It’s laughable. I’m an experienced cyclist and I certainly would never ride there. I’d love to see the FDOT officials come down and ride their bikes in that lane.


  3. E. Stiers says:

    That’s one way to get rid of us.


  4. Matthew Toro says:

    Sorry to be the contrarian here, but I think FDOT did a pretty good job here. For one, there is pretty good signage (a bicycle icon on each side of the lane) for motorists to realize that bicycles may be present and crossing.

    Secondly, we should commend FDOT for employing the green bicycle lane markings. These specially painted lanes indicate to bicyclists and motorists that there is a precarious crossing involved and all parties need to be particular careful.

    I applaud FDOT’s efforts here. What’s the alternative at a place like this?


  5. Meghan says:

    The cars depicted in this photo are cars exiting Mount Sinai Hospital.

    The traffic there typically isn’t as bad as the photo suggests.

    I think we should have a more positive look and be grateful that we can now use the Julia Tuttle. Before now, cyclists were afraid of getting anywhere near that causeway.

    Let’s be positive people!


  6. George says:

    I’m going to have to agree with the last two comments. No one is forcing you to take the Julia Tuttle, but having the option is nice. Really not all that different from the Rickenbacker, the shoulders/lanes are probably wider. I was just in Naples, you should see what kind of crap passes for bicycle facilities over there. That being said, I will continue to use the Venetian anyway.


  7. Rudy says:

    I prefer this to getting a ticket for riding on the causeway. As this is a limited access higjway.

    Sure it would be great to have an off road path in the green area off the Cswy, but I don’t hear anyone beating that drum.


  8. My issue isn’t with the signage Matt, although a stop sign would probably be more effective.

    The problem I have is that the FDOT continues to do the bare minimum. The FDOT is effectively encouraging people to ride the Julia Tuttle without making it safe for cyclists to do so. Same goes for the MacArthur Causeway. The FDOT always does the bare minimum. I for one would never ride either causeway or recommend anyone to do so Meghan; it wasn’t safe when it was illegal and it isn’t any safer now that it is legal. FDOT is effectively saying “Ride the causeway kids; it’s safe!”

    Would FDOT district 6 Secretary Gus Pego take his kids for a bike ride on the Julia Tuttle or the MacArthur? Most definitely not, because it isn’t safe. This should be FDOT’s standard for safety.

    The Rickenbacker Causeway is also not safe and we should not use it as standard for a good bicycle facility; it’s a really low standard actually. The standard we measure ourselves against should be Portland or Copenhagen.


  9. JJJ says:

    Im with Mathew here. If it’s legal to ride there, why not do things like this which make it safer?


  10. I still fail to see how a 30 ft green bike lane will make it safer for anyone while riding on the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The rest of the causeway is unsuitable for cyclists to ride safely. What you see is what you get for the green bike lane. There is no green bike lane beyond what you see in this picture. We need to collectively expect more from FDOT.


  11. Craig Chester says:

    Before you direct cyclists onto the Tuttle Causeway there needs to be physical separation between cyclist and 65+mph motor vehicles - besides a painted stripe. Anything less is criminal, borderline negligent. Fuck the 10 feet of green paint leading to the causeway - this is outrageous.


  12. Jorge Ramos says:

    hahaha. when did this site become “driving people, complaining”? hate less, ride more.


  13. Gables says:

    i agree with Felipe that FDOT always does the bare minimum. the solution to that is to force lawmakers to create new bare minimums based on higher standards. no one with a tight budget is going to do more than the minimum so it’s somewhat unrealistic to expect FDOT to do that.

    i will say that none of the bike lanes/sharrows that have popped up in miami-dade recently are safe. craig is right. a stripe of paint does nothing to protect bikers. as my friend said last night on our way to the Sony Open Tennis Tournament in Key Biscayne, “have any of you ever thought about how many people on bicycles get killed in Miami?” also related, a stripe of paint also does not protect pedestrians. they seem to die pretty frequently too.

    to jorge ramos, yes, we should ride more. i ride everyday, but i’m also anxious every time i ride and that’s not the way it should be.


  14. Jane says:

    26th, Collins and Indian Creek is a heavily trafficked corner. From my terrace on 26th street I watch the bikers panic as they realize that their Indian Creek FDOT sbarrow is dead ending right into the guardrail protecting Lake Pancoast. Maybe it’s the terror on their faces that finds drivers of four plus wheels sympathetic and willing to let bikers merge, so far, safely into vehicular traffic. However, sooner or later . . .


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