The word on the livable street is that Bike Miami Days or something similar will return in April. While nothing is official just yet, a grassroots group is meeting on a weekly basis to try and bring an ‘Open Streets’ event back. Sources close to Transit Miami have told us that Mayor Regalado has given a nod in support of this widely popular event. If you would like to participate or become a sponsor of this event, please come to the Wallflower Gallery on Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Or contact us here are Transit Miami. More information can also be found on the Bike Miami Days website or on www.facebook.com/BikeMiami.
The above video link from StreetFilms displays what can happen when a city realizes that streets are for living, not just for moving automobiles.
Modeled after Bogota, Columbia’s Ciclovia, New York City’s Summer Streets program is closing 7 miles of major thoroughfares for three separate Saturday’s during the month of August. The first event was held last Saturday and exceeded all expectations. I imagine NYC will take this from an experiment to a regular weekend event in a short amount of time. Congrats to all who mad Summer Streets such a success.
Here in Miami, where we can have summer streets all year long, the Bicycle Advisory Committee is working with the Mayor’s office and government officials to produce something similar. Stay tuned.
“People have always lived on streets. They have been the places where children first learned about the world, where neighbors met, the social centers of towns and cities, the rallying points for revolts, the scenes of repression… The street has always been the scene of this conflict, between living and access, between resident and traveler, between street life and the threat of death.”
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