Thousands of bicyclists, roller bladers, runner, and walkers came out on Saturday to enjoy yet another car-free event in Miami. Riding the Rickenbacker sans automobiles was indeed a truly enjoyable event. Andres Viglucci of the Miami Herald covered the event, highlighting the City and County bicycle infrastructure expansions plans, the new bicycle parking ordinance,  and our own Bike Miami Days-next event schedule with an expanded route for January 18.

Although I missed the official rally-Critical Mass had a late start-I heard enthusiasm for the politicians on hand-especially Commissioner Sanchez- and of course from attendees about the event. Let’s keep pushing them to make Miami-Dade more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Thanks to our friend Rydel over at  Bike Miami Scene for providing us with yet another great video.

Ride the Rickenbacker - Miami, FL. from rydel high on Vimeo.

As for the new bicycle lanes-the reason Ride The ‘Rick occurred-they certainly improve the safety and visibility of bicyclists riding the Causeway. Of particular note is the new toll booth lane supposedly dedicated to bicyclists only, except during periods of intense traffic.  That unexpected improvement will make the transition form mainland to causeway a whole lot smoother and safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, who currently use a sidewalk to narrow for sharing.

However, I do think the County missed a key opportunity with the actual bridge portions of the causeway. Known as the most exhilarating, but dangerous part of the ride, one has to wonder why each bridge is without signage or on-pavement markings. Unless there is some asinine  traffic law or some reasoning that I am missing, it seems the bridges would have been perfect for not only the aforementioned signage, but a real signature bicycle infrastructure solution. Colored lanes to improve visibility as well as bollards or curbing to physically protect cyclists on the bridge immediately come to mind.

In addition, where the parallel shared use pass crosses the bicycle lanes and four lanes of traffic, it may have been wise to add a blinking yellow light to complement the “Pedestrians Crossing” sign.  We all know motorists move at speeds upwards of 65mph along the causeway, so any and all precaution at grade crossings should have been taken-especially for those pedestrians and bicyclists traveling at night.

Otherwise, the lanes seem to be well-signed, marked and detailed at all intersection crossings. I certainly liked the “Wrong Way” signs on the back of the “Bicycle Lane” signs, alerting bicyclists to their wrongdoing if traveling in the wrong bicycle lane direction.

More pictures to come…Let’s hope the momentum continues…

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3 Responses to Rickenbacker Ride A Success, Momentum Continues

  1. Anonymous says:

    The wonderful part of this, is it is still just the begining.


  2. joel says:

    i had a great time riding the bridge. it was my first time and i even took a dip in the atlantic. my only complaint was that the event was not fully respected up until 12pm. as i made my way back from crandon at around 1145-1150, i was expecting to be able to enjoy the west bound portion of the bridge car free as i sped down the open road. however, the traffic was already being redirected back onto that portion of the causeway some 10 minutes before noon, and i had to use the bike lane. if you say noon, why not leave it at that?


  3. Mike Lydon says:

    Joel, I agree and meant to include that part of the event. The transition from closed road to open road could have been more smooth. I saw a county police officer on his motorcycle tracking down bicyclists and pedestrians to alert them of the opening.


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