The shops at Mary Brickell Village are situated in the heart of the Brickell area on South Miami Avenue between SE 9th and 10th Street.  This popular shopping and dinning complex is intersected by South Miami Avenue. Unfortunately, pedestrians are placed in a precarious situation since they frequently cross the street in the middle of the block, rather then using the crosswalks at either end of the complex on SE 9th and 10th street. Pedestrians instinctively choose the shortest route to get back and forth from the eastern complex to the western complex of Mary Brickell Village. Regrettably, they put themselves in harms way by jaywalking. It seems that the developers and the County Public Works Department did not consider the needs of pedestrians during the planning process of this project.

Pedestrian Frogger

Instead of creating a well marked (with lights and signs) mid-block pedestrian crosswalk, the Mary Brickell Village developers seem to think that valet parking and a couple on street parking spaces should take priority over a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk. Not only would the crosswalk ensure the safety of their valued customers, but it would also serve as a much needed traffic calming tool.

I brought this issue up at a DDA meeting held several months ago at Mary Brickell Village. Jeff Cohen, from the County Public Works Department suggested a mid-block pedestrian overpass rather then a street level crosswalk.  This is a terrible idea. Why incur the extra cost of building a pedestrian bridge which no one will use? The street life at Mary Brickell Village occurs precisely at street level and should remain there.

Hopefully Mary Brickell Village management and the County Public Works Department can get their act together soon. I hate to say it, but someone will get hurt sooner or later. Let’s be proactive about this please.

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16 Responses to Playing Pedestrian Frogger @ Mary Brickell Village

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree with your observation. I understand the DDA is looking into this and with the City’s help is planning on creating a crosswalk at mid block. I understand this has been brought up several times in different meetings. Hopefully it will be done soon.

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  2. Felipe Azenha says:

    I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that has noticed this. Unfortunately, this crosswalk is long overdue. What amazes me is that the developer did not have the foresight to make this recommendation while planning this project. Unacceptable. I brought this up about 6 months ago and according to the above comment this has been discussed on various other occassions. This isn’t rocket science and is not debatable. The mid-block crosswalk needs to go up asap. And I better not see a couple of white lines painted on the roadway disguised as a crosswalk. I wanna see yellow lights and signs so that cars actually yield to pedestrains. I don’t think that is asking for too much.

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  3. Tony says:

    The crosswalk should also include pavers as they slow traffic and clearly identify the pedestrian realm.

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  4. I wish I could say I am surprised, really. But I’m not, not in Miami, not anymore. I can hope that this will be rectified, but again, I’m not holding my breath.

    I hate that this city has made me so cynical, but it’s hard to argue with its track record.

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  5. Richard R-P says:

    I’m happy to hear that this is on the radar screen. I was at MBV a few weeks ago and found it very challenging to cross the street. In addition to a mid-block crosswalk, installation of a traffic signal at Miami Ave & 10th St would be a good idea. This would control traffic flow, which I thought seemed quite chaotic when I was there.

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  6. Chris G. says:

    Stop jaywalking!

    But seriously, there should be a more visible way to cross, but you’ll notice that traveling North on South Miami Ave, the lanes “disappear” from around SW 12th to SW 10th. I’ve seen cars go four wide through here. There are a few improvements that need to be handled here.

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  7. Felipe Azenha says:

    Agreed Chris. Since this is arguably the most pedestrianised area around brickell, it falls well short of being acceptable. Please use this forum to include suggestions for improvement.

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  8. kevin says:

    The whole Brickell neighborhood needs to have its crosswalks fixed. There are way too many intersections where the crossing signs don’t work, or there simply just aren’t crosswalks. Bike lanes also need to be added throughout all of Downtown and Brickell.

    I understand that 10 years ago, Brickell was mostly a neighborhood dominated by the car, but that has changed very quickly, and the area needs to be retrofitted for the pedestrian.

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  9. Felipe Azenha says:

    Transit Miami’s very own Mike Lydon will present the final version of Miami’s bicycle master plan on Monday. I’ll post more about this later today, but rest assured there are plans for bicycle lanes in downtown/brickell.

    I agree that most crosswalks need to be addressed. The development of our public spaces certainly has not kept pace with the private development that has occured over the
    past 10 years.

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  10. Chris G. says:

    Off topic, but if Tony get’s off his butt and posts it, i sent him a link about a bicycle superhighway

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  11. Anonymous says:

    In the developers defense they originally proposed a pedestian overpass on the second level for this reason. In Miami’s defense this area use to need pedestrain activity on the street and therefore the city denied the pedestrain bridge. It’s one on those cases where the standard theory vs real world did not work out. Well intended but not relflective of a mall setting in the middle of a city. Can we still ask the developer to build the bridge?

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  12. Felipe Azenha says:

    A pedestrian bridge will not solve the problem. All the street life occurs at street level and the shortest route to cross the street is at street level. I can almost guarantee that even if you build the pedestrian bridge it will not be used by pedestrians which are at street level. I cannot imagine many people going out of their way, to go up a flight of stairs only to go back down. This is wishful thinking and unrealistic to expect pedestrians to do this. The mid block crosswalk is the better solution as it will also slow down traffic and create a better urban environment.

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  13. Tony says:

    Anon -Street life activity is the real world! Building a costly and useless overpass is turning your back on the actual problem which is the fast design speed of the road. Any number of calming methods (like multiple paved crosswalks) would do the trick at a much lower cost.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Believe it or not- this is Miami and pavers are not preferred by women in high heels. This is why the decorative pavers along Brickell are being ripped out in favor of colored concrete. Also the exact reason for pavers- the fact that they are not level and make cars slow down- DUH- FDOT and Public Works calls defective, failing, or deformities. Just goes to show the car is king- smooth riding.

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  15. To be honest, as a bicyclist I prefer smooth surfaces as well, but we’re talking about a strip between the two sides of the mall. There are quite a few choices that could be used that would also be high heel-friendly.

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  16. Tony Garcia says:

    Anon, Awesome high heels criticism. Always good to have a woman’s perspective. I’m not sure if colored concrete works as well as pavers in slowing down cars. Ultimately, that is the goal - slow down the car to make pedestrians feel safe (high heels included).

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