Call me crazy, but I am the type of girl who likes to go to public meetings about road construction. They speak to me about the promise for a better future. I especially like the ones when I know at the end of the awful, dirty, dusty, jarring process, a new bike lane will be born.
So I was excited about the FDOT upcoming meeting to roll out the $2.5 million dollar project on A1A in Miami Beach, from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road. I have been waiting for this project for years, watching the funding shift to and fro from year to year in the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP, yes I get excited about them too!) I was happy because last spring, the Department came up with a Bicycle Master Plan for all of A1A in District 6 that called for a bike lane on almost all of Collins Avenue!
Be still my heart!
I was thrilled to see in this project moving forward, with a projected start date of May 2013. They plan to narrow the parking lanes, narrow the travel lanes, reconstruct a few blocks to gain ROW, all the right moves…… BUT
My heart stood still…..
THEY DID NOT INCLUDE THE BIKE LANES.
So where oh where did the bike lanes go? And for whom will the ROW be?
Looks like that gained right of way is being added to allow for an exclusive left turn lane throughout the whole segment, i.e. MORE CAR TRAFFIC!
You can make a difference in putting this project back on proper footing!
Send an email to any of these FDOT officials and ask them to include a bike lane in Project Numbers 250236-1-51-01 and 250236-3-52-01. SRA1A/Collins Avenue from 5th Street to Lincoln Road. You may even want to remind them they already said they would!
Copy the local elected officials in Miami Beach:
COME TO THE PUBLIC MEETING
MONDAY, October 25, 2011
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street, Collins Park, Miami Beach
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This is more than a RRR. This is a chance to enhance mobility by improving modality for bicycles by designating a lane in which to build the share.
Hope to see you there.
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