The Rickenbacker is the heart of South Florida’s recreational bicycle scene. Indeed, a recent Saturday morning count found 950 bicyclists entering the Causeway from the hours of 6:30am - 9:00am.
And while recent bicycle lane improvements have done much to improve safety along the Causeway, it’s entrance/exit at the Miami Avenue-Brickell-Avenue-South Dixie Highway-Southeast 26th Road intersections remain perilous for almost all users. The diagram that I made below reveals just how complex the environment is for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicle drivers. If you know the area’s traffic patterns, many of the necessary maneuvers forced upon bicylists and pedestrians, or taken by choice, are illegal and unsafe.
We now know the County is looking to improve traffic flow so that there is less automobile congestion. Yet, any “improvements” in motor vehicle flow will have to be met with a commensurate improvement in pedestrian and bicycle safety. Otherwise, it will be one step forward, and two steps back.
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