As we wind down the final days of 2011, it’s time to take a look at the year that was in South Florida on two wheels. While we do our fair share of ranting and lobbying here at TransitMiami.com, it’s plain to see that it was a year of considerable progress for the area in the cycling realm.
Amongst the accomplishments - two new bike sharing services were initiated in Miami Beach and Broward County, the launch of Coral Gables Bike Days, the return of Bike Miami Days (albeit smaller), the Dutch embassy visit for the ThinkBike workshop, the birth of Miami Bike Polo, steady progress on the Miami Bicycle Master Plan including new lanes, sharrows and signage throughout the county, new mountain bike trails on Virginia Key, new cycling events like the Gran Fondo Miami, the monthly Critical Mass ride growing exponentially and much, much more.
The City of Miami even received an ‘Honorable Mention’ by the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of the work that has been done and the trajectory the city is on after applying to become designated a ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’ in 2011.
One of my favorite posts of the year was from local blog Tropiganda, and their piece “The Miami Bike Zeitgeist, From Deadly To Dead Sexy”. This article succinctly summed up my feelings on the emerging Miami cycling movement. “It’s happening. Can you feel it?”
Another favorite from 2011 was the local coverage on BeachedMiami.com, which dedicates an entire section of their blog to the the goings on in the Miami bike scene. Browsing the images and videos of past Critical Mass rides is inspring enough to make anyone want to hop on a saddle.
There is still plenty of work to be done, and 2012 promises to be another year of pushing to make Miami a truly bike-friendly community. Will 2012 be the year we see our first protected cycle-track? The first on-street bicycle parking corral? Expanded Bike Miami Days? We’d love to see more action, less talk and real leadership from the Mayor’s office in this area. Perhaps the glacial construction project on the Venetian causeway will come to it’s long-overdue terminus. Maybe the FDOT will come to their senses, act like human beings, and provide a safer means of crossing the MacArthur Causeway by foot or bicycle. We all have plenty of wishes on what we’d like to see done in Miami….
Let’s make it happen and keep moving forward, together.
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- Bike Miami Days A Success, Fill Out Our Survey, M-Path Restoration to Begin This Year?
- Designing Better Bicycles Lanes for Coral Way
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