Op-ed: Miami-Dade Commissioner’s Resolution Is Bad for Bicycling

By | September 4th, 2012 | No Comments
Miami Critical Mass by @jaredaronson

A proposed resolution would hinder the construction of bike facilities on Miami streets, activists say. — photo by @jaredaronson via Instagram

Hank Sanchez-Resnik is on the Board of Directors of Green Mobility Network, which advocates “to make Miami-Dade County a safer and more enjoyable place to bike, run, and walk.” Beached Miami does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in this op-ed.

Too often in Miami-Dade County the dramas related to bicycling involve crashes, cyclists who have been injured or maimed, and hit-and-runs caused by irresponsible drivers. Just before the 2012 Labor Day Weekend, a new and unexpected drama began to play out when County Commissioner Rebecca Sosa (District 6) introduced a resolution that has the potential to make things much worse for bicyclists, not just in Miami-Dade County but throughout the state.

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All Aboard: A new commuter train may soon arrive in Miami

By | November 7th, 2011 | 9 Comments
Florida East Coast Railway

Both FDOT and Tri-Rail have proposals to bring passenger rail to Miami on the Florida East Coast Railway.

This post was produced by Open Media Miami, an independent company that works in partnership with Beached Miami to cover neighborhood news along the Biscayne Corridor.

With two government transportation agencies pushing hard for an expansion of passenger rail in South Florida, a new commuter train may soon be chugging through downtown Miami.

As reported by El Nuevo Herald, the Florida Department of Transportation recently proposed a short-term plan to start a passenger route from downtown to Fort Lauderdale using the Florida East Coast Railway, which runs parallel to U.S. 1 (Biscayne Boulevard/Brickell Avenue) in Miami-Dade County and is currently being revamped to transport cargo. The FDOT plan calls for six stations along the route and would cost around $300 million.

The department’s long-term goal is a regional route from Miami to Jupiter, which in total could cost $1 billion, FDOT’s mobility development manager Amie Goddeau said during a town hall meeting on Oct. 18.

At the same time, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), the agency that manages Tri-Rail, is pushing its own proposal for an expansion of the FEC railway. The Transportation Authority says its plan to connect Miami to Jupiter via passenger rail would cost $270 million — $730 million less than FDOT’s — and take between three and five years to complete.

“We believe this new [plan] is superior to FDOT’s approach, as it can be implemented quickly … provides better regional service coverage, and will not require any additional county or FDOT operating funds,” SFRTA transportation planning manager Joe Quinty told Transit Miami.

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FDOT to add bike lanes to Red Road stretch

By | January 14th, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Red Road bike lanes represent a victory for local cyclists.

Heads up: On Jan. 27, at the City of West Miami Community Center, the Florida Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss a project that would add bicycle lanes on both sides of Red Road between S.W. 24th Street (Coral Way) and S.W. 8th Street. The project would also construct new sidewalks “where there are none to provide connection to existing sidewalks on both sides of the roadway where state owned property is available.” The $4.3 million project is expected to start in the spring of 2012 and last 400 days. The Jan. 27 meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will give the public a chance to view and comment on the project design. Click to view the official public meeting notification, which the Miami Bike Scene posted to the Miami Critical Mass Facebook page earlier today.