A summit coordinated by Xavier L. Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 7; has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 10:00 AM, to discuss bicycle safety on Rickenbacker Causeway and other areas within District 7. Elected officials from Key Biscayne, City of Miami, and Coral Gables will be in attendance.

Details
Bicycle Safety Summit
Wednesday, February 29th – 10:00am
Government Center
111 NW First Street – 2nd Floor Press Room
Miami, FL 33128

Miami-Dade District 7 is home to some of the most popular - and most dangerous - cycling routes in Miami.

Transit Miami will be covering this meeting and will post a complete recap afterwards.

Bicycle memorial on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Photo courtesy of Ivan Santiago.

 

8 Responses to Miami Bicycle Safety Summit This Wednesday

  1. Rog in Miami Gardens says:

    Is bicycle safety — like airline safety — going to become a tombstone phenomenon, where lessons are learned and bad planning habits are addressed AFTER people die? I shudder at the thought.

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  2. Craig Chester says:

    I have some information that this summit will be heavily focused on the Rickenbacker. Hopefully, we can turn it into more of a district/city-wide discussion as there have been a series of pedestrian/cyclist crashes and hit and runs lately.

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  3. Robert R. says:

    Distracted drivers exceeding the speed limit is the main culprit placing all cyclists and runners/walkers in danger. Cyclists must also heed safe cycling measures as well. The bridge is especially vulnerable. Perhaps placing a cyclist only barrier in the bike lane over the bridge and/or candle-sticking the entire causeway bike lane is the way to go. Also, enforce the speed limits. No one speeds in Miami Springs. Why? Because you know you’ll get a ticket there for going 5 MPH over.

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  4. John R says:

    More bicycle lanes and signs are needed. The county should accelerate the countywide bicycle network plan to have lanes. Perhaps the city should look at the how other cities close large stretches of streets during the weekends so that people can bike and run without the risk of automobile traffic. Police also need to play a larger role in issuing citations to both motorists and cyclist that do not obey the laws.

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  6. Jimbo says:

    I have been a cyclst in Florida for 25 years and I don’t think there is anything else that can be done to make the key a safer place to ride, that hasn’t already been done. It is so full of fencing, painted lanes, speed camera’s etc. And the toll for when I drive on is too high, thanks to all these nanny measures. What would prevent those deaths is shutting the bars down at 3 or 4am. Both drivers had been out partying all night. It is very dangerous to cycle before 6am because of this reason. Overeacting and making life more difficult for everyone is just not neccesary. Any more crap designed to slow down the traffic usually causes more accidents. You can’t have it all. You either shut down the bars a little earlier or just warn the cyclist not to ride before 6 am. There is no other solution unless you make an entire seperate lane or something equally ridiculus.

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  7. Felipe Azenha says:

    You have got to be kidding me Jimbo. Please disclose that you are a CPWD employee when posting going forward.

    Simply put the CPWD is not doing enough. This isn’t even debatable at this point. Cars moving at 65+mph next to an unprotected bike lane is ridiculous and just a bad idea.

    It’s so dangerous I won’t ride there anymore.

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