What: Second Public Meeting on South Bayshore Drive Improvement Project

Where: Miami City Hall Chambers, 3500 Pan American Drive

When: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6 pm

Scope: Widening and reconstruction of roadway with drainage improvements, traffic signalization, designated bike lanes and landscape improvements from Mercy Way to Darwin Street.

2nd Public Meeting - S. Bayshore Drive 9.15.14-page-001

These are some basic facts about the project. To give some more context, the following may be helpful. It should be clear that this meeting is an important one to attend if you care about improvements to the bike / ped infrastructure in the area. The City of Miami has an opportunity to get a lot of things right this time around - let’s see whether they live up to the challenge.

The project concerns an area that forms part of the connection between Coconut Grove and the Brickell / downtown area. Given that there really is no safe route for pedestrians and cyclists to get from Coconut Grove to Brickell / downtown or the Key Biscayne bridge, it is important that the City of Miami get this project right. The route suffers from a large number of commuters that use it in the morning and the evening instead of US 1. There will likely be discussions about the extent to which level of service not being sacrificed in order to create a safe streetscape. If that doesn’t happen, it would be a pleasant surprise. If it does, it is no longer an acceptable argument, especially given the high risks for pedestrians and cyclists in the third most dangerous metropolitan area in a highly used corridor by pedestrians and cyclists.

Make your voice heard and ask or demand (whatever you prefer) that the entire project receive contiguous bike lanes and sidewalks, the latter of which (ideally some parts of the bike lane as well) is not at grade with the road so as to avoid crashes that have in the past almost cost a jogger his life.


One Response to Public Meeting on South Bayshore Drive Improvement Project

  1. Amanda Pernas says:

    Hello Mr. Wagner,

    I am college student currently taking a Technical Communications course. I have been assigned to create a memo proposal about a local issue that I would like to solve. As a Grove resident, I thought long and hard, and came up the bike lane issue on South Bayshore Dr. Unaware that it was a widely spoken about issue, I am glad to discover there is a proposed project. Do you happen to know if there has been any progress in the development of a South Bayshore bike lane?


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