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

By | September 4th, 2012 | No Comments
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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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City of Miami floats bike-share program as activism intensifies

By | March 8th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Miami bike activists pick up speed

Miami bike activists are picking up speed. -- photo by Robby Campbell

The Miami cyclist community was out in full force Wednesday night at O Cinema in Wynwood for the SafeStreetsMiami Forum, which was organized by the Green Mobility Network in the wake of cyclist Aaron Cohen’s death while riding his bike on the Rickenbacker Causeway last month. Here are a few key takeaways from the event:

Extended bike lane on Rickenbacker: The crowd grew restless a few times during the meeting when listening to public officials talk about “studies”, “plans”, and long-term goals to improve bike safety in the city and the county. The audience wanted to hear about concrete actions from the officials present, an influential list which included Jeff Cohen from Miami-Public Works, city bicycle coordinator Collin Worth, city commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and county commissioner Xavier Suarez. “What are you going to do in 30 days?” someone shouted from the back.

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Bike safety public forum in the works following cyclist’s death

By | February 22nd, 2012 | 3 Comments
Miami Critical Mass

Following cyclist Aaron Cohen's death, local activists are ramping up their effort to make Miami a safer place to ride. -- photo by Robby Campbell

A public forum addressing bike safety in Miami-Dade is being planned following the death of an avid cyclist who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Rickenbacker Causeway last Wednesday.

“Lots of people are very upset about what happened — the tragic death of Aaron Cohen, and they are demanding action,” said Hank Sanchez-Resnik of the Green Mobility Network, the civic group organizing the event. “We’re trying to channel all of that energy into constructive solutions.”

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