Miami Joins the Party

From the Miami Herald:

Miami’s long-downtrodden but growing community of bicyclists is reaping a sudden bonanza: Miles of new bike lanes and plans for more. A new monthly, family-friendly bike festival downtown. And a clutch of bike-friendly proposals designed to promote cycling for recreation and commuting.

On Saturday, Miami-Dade County will formally inaugurate new dedicated bike lanes along the full length of the Rickenbacker Causeway by closing half the roadway for the morning and letting cyclists, roller bladers and pedestrians have the run of it.

The following weekend, on Jan. 18, the city of Miami will host the third, expandededition of Bike Miami Days, the monthly effort by the administration of Mayor Manny Diaz to promote urban fun and safe cycling by closing off streets in downtown and the Brickell area in hopeful emulation of the famed Cicloví­a in Bogotá.

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5 Responses to “Miami Joins the Party”

  • roy says:

    I certainly liked the observation of one auto driver about a group of bicyclist “blowing through the red light” while he was stopped there. “Share the road, you don’t own it.”

    We bicyclist have more than our fair share of discourteous, rude, unsafe, and violators of traffic laws.


  • Frank Gonzalez says:

    Not to be a party pooper… but Miami needs a lot more than fancy lanes to improve from being one of the worst cities for cyclists in the US. These improvements have only come after the death of a few cyclists. The problem is that the same “flash” that makes Miami attractive to many is what kills and hurts many cyclists. Speaking specifically about Rickenbacker Causeway, automobiles always go over the speed limit at distances too close to cyclists. There is not culture of respect for cyclists here.

    I should know, as I have ridden on and off in the streets of Miami for more than 15 years. Including a 3-year string where I commuted exclusively by bike to work. IMHO these are no more than public relations kicks and no real advancements in relations with cyclists. There are people here from many places in Latin America, where there is no tradition of respect towards cyclists. In general, cyclists are treated as second class citizens in all our roads. That’s why they have created “special” lanes outside of the flow of traffic, because bicycles DON’T belong on the road, which is the popular attitude here.

    Just my frustrated .02 cents!

    Frank G

  • ksteinhoff says:

    At first I thought this was a good deal, but Frank brought me back down to earth.

    I have mixed emotions about closing streets so cyclists feel “safe” to ride. Pretty much the same reaction I had to my last (and probably really LAST) Ride of Silence.

  • Alan says:

    It was hard to tell from the article if real progress is being made, or whether it’s just another bit of spin. It’s good to get the straight scoop from locals… thanks.

  • Fritz says:

    These kinds of changes are at least a start, all. It will take time change attitudes, and kudos to the Miami/Dade mayor’s office for pushing these changes. At least they don’t have a pesky court injunction to stop them.

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