FDOT will soon be resurfacing Sunset Drive from SW 84 Pl to SW 69 Ave and the Miami-Dade Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee has passed a resolution recommending that the median be narrowed by 1 foot on each side and bike lanes included. Sunset Drive, also known as Marjory Stoneman Douglas Historic Road, allows for the construction of bicycle paths and even recreational facilities according to its historic designation. What a wonderful way it would be to honor Marjory Stoneman Douglas, one of South Florida history’s most prominent environmentalists, if FDOT would implement improvements that encourage safe, active transportation along this road!
FDOT invites members of the public (you!) to a public meeting on tonight, March 30th, from 6:00-8:00 pm at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 7410 Sunset Drive. Currently, very wide (14-foot) outside lanes are proposed in the design. Lanes of this width encourage speeding AND take up space that could otherwise be striped for a bike lanes. Join us for the public meeting or support active transportation with a quick email to Gus Pego, our FDOT District Secretary, letting him know how important bicycle facilities in this project are to you. You also might remind him of the FDOT Complete Streets policy or the fact that the District just north of us was successfully sued by the South Florida Bike Coalition for failing to put in bike lanes without justifiable cause. We encourage you to cc: David Henderson, Bike/Ped Coordinator for Miami-Dade County. You may also call the FDOT District Office at 305.470.5197.
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