The proposed roadway design for Euclid Avenue from 5th Street to 16th Street will be discussed at the following two upcoming meetings. It is extremely important that as many members of the bicycling community attend these meetings in support of the proposed bike lanes on Euclid Avenue.
CIP Oversight Committee meeting, July 12, 2010, 5:30pm. City Hall, 3rd Floor - Commission Chambers.
Historic Preservation Board meeting, August 10, 2010. 9:00am. City Hall, 3rd Floor - Commission Chambers. If a time certain are provided, I will let you know.
Not only are the bike lanes in jeopardy on this important North-South corridor in South Beach, but the entire project to improve the drainage and enhance the sidewalk and landscaping on Euclid before the end of the year will be yanked if a strong show of force for the proposed streetscape, that includes two bike lanes, is not approved.
The storm water management upgrades, the underground work needed for this street, is proposed to be funded through stimulus money. This means the work must be completed in the ground by December 31, 2010 for the work to be eligible for federal reimbursement. If the neighborhood continues to fight for the removal of the bike lanes, the City has stated that if controversy still exists after these two hearings, or if HPB does not approve the streetscape with the bike lanes, there will not be enough time to complete the project before the deadline. The City has no other way to fund this project now, and will not take this on. Millions of dollars of improvements are at stake!
Other than the NIMBY cry of “We just do not want the bike lane in our neighborhood” there is no reason to stop this important project.
BUT YOUR VOICE MUST BE HEARD!
As the agendas and staff reports become available for these meetings, I will send them on to you. In the meantime, please send an email to the Chair of the CIPOC, Commissioner Saul Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org and urge him to keep his personal promises and implement the Atlantic Greenway Master Plan, which includes bike lanes on Euclid Avenue. Please also send emails to email@example.com and MichaelBelush@miamibeachfl.go for the meeting of the HPB, with your views in support of the bike lanes for that body.
Thank you for your support.
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