Just when you thought the pedestrian experience on Brickell Ave couldn’t get any worse, it has! The city is installing some new car-centric billboards on the sidewalks of Brickell Ave.  We already had a number of them and now we are getting more. These billboards unnecessarily block the already narrow and dangerous sidewalks of Brickell Ave. As you will note from these pictures, the billboards are being installed right in the middle of the sidewalk, blocking pedestrians and bicyclists, and making for even more hazardous conditions. They could have been installed parallel (instead of perpendicular) and as far back as possible, but I imagine that would not cater to the cars stuck in traffic. Not only are they an obstacle and unsightly, they are dangerous. Someone is going to be seriously injured as a result of these billboards. Just yesterday I witnessed a lady with a stroller walking around one of these billboards, having to move so close to the street that her stroller was within inches of passing cars. Those who approved these sidewalk billboards must not walk regularly on Brickell Ave.  These advertisements are evidence of the car-centric culture and general disregard for pedestrians in the city of Miami. No amount of revenue is worth the inconvenience and hazards they billboards pose. I hope that our Brickell area representative in the city, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, will do all in his power to remove (or at least move) these billboards so that our sidewalks are safer for the increasing number of residents, workers, and visitors that walk our streets.

Carlos Abril






10 Responses to Brickell Avenue Billboards Making Conditions Worse for Pedestrians

  1. Gables says:

    These signs (as well as the “murals”) throughout the city are UGLY. The truth is that aesthetics are also a quality of life factor that too often gets ignored. Having said that, we have to think about safety first and I agree, these signs aren’t safe, especially for people with disabilities of some kind.


  2. Don says:

    I couldn’t agree more. As a resident of Brickell, I too walk these streets every day and find them a challenge to navigate. Brickell should be the showplace ave of Miami, yet decisions like these billboards just bring it down to a 3rd rate status. This is no Michigan Ave (Chicago) or Park Ave (NYC) but I would think city leaders and developers (i.e., Swire) would work to bring it to such a level.


  3. Jacob says:

    “…blocking pedestrians and bicyclists, and making for even more hazardous conditions.”

    Good post with relevant points, but bicyclists should not be on the sidewalks. Ride on the streets, please.


  4. Biker Bob says:

    This appears to be a trolley or bus stop, right? I think I see a sign and a bench right on the other side of the sign.


  5. Dan says:

    A similar ad/bus stop on coral way by the publix caused a bike collision because neither side could see the other coming (I was slowly coasting, pushing forward with my feet for this very reason, but that makes one of us). No reason this kind of thing wouldnt happen on Brickell as well.

    I (and most other people probably) know bikes are supposed to use the road, but we dont have a bike/car culture where that feels remotely safe right now.

    Also interesting is that transit stops are ad-revenue generators first and pedestrian friendly last.


  6. Wallace Bray says:

    These bus stop ad signs are not just unique to Brickell. They are all over the county streets including Metrorail stations where there are no cars in the bus zones. And they hinder Security’s ability to monitor these bus zones effectively. It is obvious to me absolutely no thought went into the esthetics and safety of these signs or any sign that is placed in the pedestrian public right of way.


  7. Andres says:

    Funny to see this article. I was running down Brickell Ave the other day and came across the “The Profit” billboard (picture featured in article). I thought to myself, “Not only will I never watch this god awful show with horrible advertising, this is also a hazard for people running on the street because of it’s size”

    We need to make space for people running and walking on Brickell Ave, not blockade them with giant billboards that only prove as an obstacle for pedestrians. Very good read.


  8. ivo says:

    who paid for that sidewalk clutter?


  9. Sarnoff Loves Visual Pollution says:

    Local elected official Marc Sarnoff has received campaign contributions from Van Waggoner, Clear Channel, CBS and many other outdoor advertising companies. Money talks and residents get abused.


  10. Adam Old says:

    At least all the funds received from these bus shelter ads go directly to fund transit…oh wait.


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