Yesterday I went for a bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway.  This is what I witnessed:

  • Several hundred bicyclists
  • Hundreds of pedestrians
  • Two Miami Dade Police cruisers enforcing the speed limit
  • At least 7 cars driving in excess of 50 mph
  • Five cars driving in excess of 65 mph on the bridges
  • A SUV swerve into the bicycle lane while doing about 45mph
  • Two cars parked in the bicycle lane
  • A driver aggressively accelerating towards me as I overtook another cyclist. The driver then yelled at me and told me I only belong in the bicycle lane.

It’s been nearly three months since the tragic accident that killed bicyclist Christope LeCanne, yet no additional safety measures have been implemented on the Rickenbacker Causeway. All the dangerous existing conditions still remain there. I would like to remind everyone that over the past 5 years we have averaged about a death every 2.5 years on the Rickenbacker Causeway, in addition to many other serious injures.  Please reach out to County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and ask for a safer Rickenbacker Causeway for everyone.  Commissioner Gimenez is one of our greatest allies, but he needs your support. Please also suggest to him that we close a lane of traffic every Sunday for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the best South Florida has to offer.

9 Responses to Just another Sunday morning on the Rickenbacker Causeway

  1. jimmy says:

    Something definately needs to be done on the Key. How about some of those cheesy plastic dividers they put up on I95 to create that ‘express lane’ .. Its not the answer , but its a start.

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  4. keyrat says:

    Why do you guys act like there’s not a protected sidewalk down the entire causeway? When I ride my bike that’s where I ride it. It’s even enclosed by a wall on the bridges. Share the road, share the road, but the second you have to share with someone walking it’s too much.

    It would be ludicrous for me to drive for sport on the causeway, but somehow it’s completely sane to do so on a bike.

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  5. Bob Loblaw says:

    Sounds more like a speed limit issue than a bike issue. A State Trooper or a county police car with emergency lights on could significantly slow down traffic on weekends. Two deaths in 5 years? How does that compare to Miami Beach?

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  6. jimmy says:

    @keyrat many cyclists do share the ‘protected sidewalk’ with pedestrians. The ones that choose to ride on the 15 ft wide BICYCLE LANE should be protected as well. The cyclist arent going to go away, and it isn’t really about who’s right or wrong. Its about saving lives.

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  7. Felipe Azenha says:

    Thank you Jimmy. It’s also worth mentioning that bicycles and pedestrians, for the most part, don’t mix well. We should strive to keep them seperated.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    What the island needs is a tiered toll system that doesn’t punish residents but does encourage visitors to find alternate transportation.

    I havent been there in over a year, but when I lived there it was a flat $1 with a discount for the sunpass.

    Why not charge residents a flat rate, charge visitors 50 cents extra on normal days and visitors $1 extra on weekends?

    The money could be used to improve the pedestrian and cyclist experience, and advertise the bus service.

    And yes, parking a cruiser with the lights on does slow everyone down on both sides, especially if it looks like he’s pulled someone over.

    Longer term, it would be nice to see the old draw bridge fixed up in some way to allow continuous passage. Again, paid for with tolls?

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  9. MrSunshine561 says:

    @keyrat: It would not just be ludicrous, but actually *criminal* to drive for “sport” in the Rickenbacker. It’s a *causeway* not a speedway and contrary to popular belief, it is not an expressway either. The speed limit within Key Biscayne itself is much lower than the limit on the causeway. That needs to change for the sake of safety.

    To the person suggesting “visitors” should pay extra, I shall inform you that Key Biscayne residents *are* the visitors and should actually be tolled by both, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, whose jurisdiction and causeways they must use to get to their island.

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