(Community Commentary) It’s time for the Lipton Sony Ericsson Open Nasdaq Key Biscayne Grand Prix Miami Masters Tennis Tournament! If you live, work, ride, beach, etc anywhere near the entrance to Rickenbacker Causeway… we recommend bicycling or mass transit. Or, at least, podcasts. With Miami-Dade County Bear Cut Bridge renovations already underway, event organizers are urging drivers to be extra careful. They reached out to TM directly and asked us to share the following with you: In short, organizers suggest you GET THERE EARLY. They don’t want anyone missing their Tennis. Also,

  • Expect new traffic patterns to and from the Crandon Park Tennis Center.
  • Bear Cut Bridge will continue to have two lanes traveling in each direction, just as in past years, however the outermost westbound lane of the bridge will be open to pedestrian and cyclist traffic only. As a result, westbound drivers headed toward Miami may be required to change lanes before crossing the bridge. The eastbound traffic pattern toward Key Biscayne will remain unchanged.
  • Eastbound pedestrians and cyclists will be guided across Crandon Boulevard by a uniformed police officer. Drivers are urged to share the road with additional care.
  • Consider taking the bus! Route B/ 102 will make regular stops at the Tournament’s main entrance, as well as the Brickell Metrorail Station, Brickell Financial District, Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami Seaquarium, the City of Key Biscayne, and Cape Florida State Park.
  • Patrons who park in the Tournament’s General Parking lot, located on Arthur Lamb Road across the street from the Miami Seaquarium, will board free shuttles to the main entrance. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day and up to an hour after the last evening match has been completed.

Florida traffic information is available by calling 511 or visiting www.fl511.com.

You can read more about these traffic modifications in our earlier blog post here. However, wherever you go, be safe. If you witness something that you think should be here, please try and get a photo plus any related information and contact us here.


2 Responses to Get to the Tennis EARLY

  1. B says:

    As an area commuter who often rides route B to work, I usually drive during the two weeks of the event. The bus is notoriously unreliable for those two weeks, and it is often so crowded that drivers have to stop picking up people. During commuting hours, the busses are often packed even without the event. Why MDT doesn’t run extra busses during the event, I don’t understand. Also, due to the bridge repairs they’ve closed the westbound bus stop that we would usually use, forcing commuters at the Virginia Key labs to either walk a quarter mile on the bike lane with your back to traffic, or risk your life crossing at the “unmarked crosswalk” in front of the Seaquarium (good luck with the event traffic!). Seaquarium workers have it even bad, since they’d have to walk the quarter mile to the nearest marked crosswalk then in addition the aforementioned quarter mile on the bike lane.


  2. Kyle says:

    Likewise goes for Ultra. Take the Metro! Traffic and parking is out of control in Downtown and Brickell. Take the Metro, you won’t regret it. Last week was gridlock for hours with people trying to get out of Downtown. Parking was $20-$50 at least in many garages.


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