The South Florida Bike Expo takes place this weekend and supposedly it will be the largest expo and sale of bicycles and bicycle accessories in South Florida’s history.
The South Florida Bicycle Coalition will also be there spreading the bike gospel. Please stop by and say “hello”. SFBC is looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping out for a couple of hours on Sunday please send me an email. For what it’s worth, the event promoter has promised the SFBC a good view of the large screen showing Stages 13 and 14 of the Tour!
The event will take place this Saturday from 9:00am to7:00pm and on Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale. Admission is free.
Enough is enough. Cyclists in South Florida are sick and tired of FDOT’s antics. FDOT chooses not to include or even consider bicycle lanes in most of their resurfacing projects in District 6. Last night about 35 cyclists attended an open house in which FDOT told the attendees that bicycle lanes would not be included in the Sunset Drive resurfacing project; so much for public participation.
Yesterday the newly energized South Florida Bicycle Coalition announced they would seek legal action if FDOT does not include bike lanes in the Sunset Drive resurfacing project without the required design exception, traffic and impact studies.
Well done South Florida Bicycle Coalition! Keep up the great work!
Our expectation is that FDOT should design a complete street that includes sidewalks, bike lanes, narrower traffic lanes, lower speed limits and additional traffic calming devices. We will no longer tolerate shoddy FDOT workmanship such as the bike lanes on Coral Way and the MacArthur Causeway. FDOT has a responsibility to provide safe bicycle infrastructure that exceeds their abysmally low minimum design standards.
It should be noted that this is a MAJOR route for cyclists traveling east/west. Trinity County Pineland Park and three elementary schools sit on Sunset Drive. These attributes make this stretch of roadway the perfect candidate for a complete streets initiative by FDOT.
Transit Miami’s very own Kathryn Moore has been appointed Executive Director of the South Florida Bicycle Coalition. Kathryn is an excellent choice for the Executive Director position. She was instrumental in coordinating Bike Miami Days and she was awarded the Young Professional of the Year by the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals. Her experience and enthusiasm for cycling will undeniably be an asset for the SFBC. The SFBC is in good hands with Kathryn. Congratulations Kathryn!
In other news, the SFBC coalition just returned from Washington D.C. where they attended the annual National Bike Summit. Kathryn along with SFBC President Jeffrey Lynne were in D.C. rubbing elbows with the who’s who in the cycling world. You can rest assured that the SFBC is energized and ready to make South Florida safer for all cyclists.
Soon you will be able to join the SFBC as a member. Please check back with us for more details or check out the SFBC blog. The word on the livable streets is that the SFBC will be a holding a fundraiser with plenty of alcohol! What can be better than talking about bikes over some booze?
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