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Just how supportive were our local officials?

As Florida Bike Month has come and gone, Transit Miami commissioned a “Twitter Audit” of local authorities and their official Twitter accounts to examine if they used the tool to promote or mention it during the month of March. We’ll even give them credit if they mentioned anything relating to bicycling or safe streets during the period.

Here are the results for March.

Scoreboard:

@MiamiDistrict2 : 3
March 7th - Advocacy is important - pick candidates that respect pedestrians and bicyclists, says Comm. @MarcSarnoff

March 7th - At the SafeStreetsMiami Forum with City of Miami Comm. @MarcSarnoff and Miami-Dade Comm. Suarez.

March 7th - Safe Streets Miami forum tonight about pedestrian & bicycle safety. @MarcSarnoff & M-DC Comm Suarez will speak @ 7pm @ O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St

City of Miami District 2 tweeted during the Safe Streets Forum on March 7th.

@MarcSarnoff (City of Miami Commissioner, District 2) : 1
March 7th - I’ll be speaking tonight at the Safe Streets Miami forum. Join me and M-D County Comm. Suarez at 7pm at O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St., in Wynwood.

@MiamiDadePD: 1
March 22 - The Annual Shark Valley bicycle ride will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

@MYFDOT_Miami (FL Dept. of Transportation District 6) : 0
(Yet MyFDOT_Miami had 9 tweets related to motorcycles, including 2 for Daytona Bike Week (as in motorcycles) , which is located 247 miles from the border of District 6. Whose FDOT are you anyhow?)

@MyFDOT: 0

@MiamiDadeCounty: 0

@Tomas_Regalado: 0

@CityofMiami: 0

@FLGovScott: 0

@MiamiBeachNews (Official Account of the City of Miami Beach Government) : 0

Updated:

Thanks to Transit Miami friend Eddy Stevens-Torrealba from Miami Bike Report for submitting these updates.

@FDHSMV (Official Twitter feed of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles): 0

@MiamiBeachPD: 0

@SweetwaterCity: 0

@PinecrestFL: 1
Join us for the 2012 Bike Day at Pinecrest Gardens on March 24th - #constantcontact http://conta.cc/wWCEu1

@CityofDoral: 1
City of Doral, Florida - City of Doral Receives $1 million Grant for Bikeway Project http://fb.me/19l3PK5xK

@cityofhialeah: 0

@MiamiSpringsFL: 0

@CityofHomestead: 0 (but tweeted back in February about Greenway Bike Fest)

So far, we have not seen a single mention seen one tweet (@PincrestFL) specific to Florida bicycle month during our audit. Many officials do not even have Twitter of Facebook accounts, highlighting a significant disconnect between how people share information and communicate in the 21st century. Utilizing social media to promote initiatives like Florida Bike Month is the “low hanging fruit” for local officials to engage their communities.

Know of any we are missing? Let us know at the Transit Miami inbox and we’ll look into it and add the results here.

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Recently, all Bike Miami assets were transferred back to the City of Miami for their management, including all social media components, like the Facebook page and the @BikeMiami Twitter account. For a while I managed the Twitter account as a volunteer, stepping down once I started university classes back in January (though always still helping out with relevant tweets here and there). Being part of the bicycling advocacy community is something I hold very dear, so I decided to continue the work I was doing with @BikeMiami with a new account.

To that end I launched @BikeMIA, an independent source of bicycling commentary, news and advocacy for Miami and South Florida in general. BikeMIA is a primarily-Twitter source; it has a blog attached to it at BikeMIA.org, but it’s there to serve as support to the Twitter feed, not to supplant it.

Follow @BikeMIA on Twitter today and chat bikes with all the enthusiasts around. Not on Twitter yet? What are you waiting for, sign up for a free account today.

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