Transit Miami Films presents 9 Minutes of Mayhem, a look at the dangerous behavior taking place every minute on the streets of Miami.

Transit Miami would like to see a “road diet” and protected bike lane on this bridge, providing a safe, enjoyable connection for all road users from Brickell to Downtown Miami.

This film just focuses on one location. Imagine how many other similar scenes are playing out all over Miami at this very moment?

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21 Responses to 9 Minutes of Mayhem: A Transit Miami Films Production

  1. Matthew Toro says:

    Fantastic job! There are so many opportunities for these multi-media efforts raise public awareness and transform our streets!

    We need a City of Miami ordinance for ‘High-Impact/High Emphasis’ crosswalks throughout the municipality to accompany the existing ordinance for ‘Complete Streets’!

    Great job, Craig Chester and TransitMiami!

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  2. RockiC says:

    Great job! I have an idea for another possible place for offenders. Trying to cross US-1. I do it everyday at SW 37 ave and the blatant disregard for speeding and pedestrian crossing is so rampant. I once saw a car push up on and honk at a mother with a baby carriage. If I get some footage I’ll pass it on to you.

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  3. RockiC says:

    *blatant disregard for pedestrians and speeding

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  4. Eddie Suarez says:

    I think a revisit of the You’re Going This Fast sign on Key Biscayne video needs to be done now that police have increased enforcement since Ace was killed. I’m sure it will look a lot like the first video.

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  5. Eddy says:

    Transit Miami should invite the mayor, the commissioners, and FDOT, for a bike ride on these streets. Also, on the new bike lane on 8th Street…

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  6. Eddie Suarez says:

    After watching this video, I’d be embarrassed to be the engineer, the designer, or the police. Don’t these folks have any pride in their work and their city? My boss would fire if this was the result of my work!

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  7. Max Jaramillo says:

    I would love to see the crosswalks they have at MIA all over the City, ESPECIALLY to cross US 1. The flashing lights are embedded in the ground, and light-up almost as soon as you’ve taken your first step across the pavement. As a driver, they’re impossible to ignore.

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  8. Leah says:

    Wow, I hope this is a continuing series. My favorite moments are the cop car going 44 and the taxi driver going 50. Those are some of our top offenders!

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  9. Devil's Advocate says:

    If you want to be a cop you should suit up already. Who cares if you obey a stop sign when there’s obviously no traffic coming? Rules should be followed when they make sense to be followed.

    For the most part people in this video were using common sense. They stop when there’s cars coming, and pretty much yield when there’s not. As far as the reversing is concerned this is a fundamental problem with one-way streets. Either they would have to loop around downtown and come back on another bridge to give it another try, or they could hit reverse.

    And honestly how hard is it for a pedestrian to cross a one-way street without a crosswalk? You don’t even have to look both ways.

    Stop pretending that white lines and tickets will solve all our problems. Common sense does that for us.

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  10. Devil's Advocate says:

    @RockiC Your example of 37th and US1 is apalling. They built a pedestrian bridge there for that very reason. If pedestrians don’t use it for whatever reason(your mother with a baby carriage example) is that suddenly the city or county’s problem? Infrastructure can only do so much. Stupidity handles the rest.

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  11. Tony Garcia says:

    @Devils Advocate – that pedestrian bridge is a joke. pedestrian crossings should be at grade. Either way, your attitude and point of view are exactly what is wrong with this town. cities that people enjoy to live in and visit place human beings above cars. This is about the design of the road and motorist behavior. The attitude towards pedestrians and cyclists cant and wont be solved using your fantasy version of ‘common sense’ which is really irrelevant in this discussion.

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  12. Devil's Advocate says:

    @Tony Garcia I made no value judgment on the merits of the pedestrian bridge. I pointed out that it exists, and the person who complained about the intersection neglected to acknowledge it. That is not right.

    Why not say “Hey- at least the city put this to protect people” instead of saying it doesn’t live up to your standards of what it should be? By celebrating little victories you encourage the powers that be to do more. By complaining about the outcome of a positive step you discourage them from your cause. It comes across as whiny.

    I’m totally with you for the vast majority of the issues that you champion, but you should acknowledge that there are some roadblocks (no pun intended) that no amount of lobbying or organizing will solve. IE drivers who text, the layout of the city itself, bad decisions people make in rush hour etc.. Sometimes things just are what they are. That’s what I see in this video. Add lines and a crosswalk and it will be the same thing.

    Trust me, nobody wants to live in a police state.

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  13. Reggie says:

    @DevilsAdvocate – Cars should stop at stop signs even when “no traffic is coming” because sometimes an actual human i.e. a pedestrian is coming – that you won’t see when just looking to the left for “traffic”.

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  14. Reggie says:

    @DevilsAdvocate – “Rules should be followed when they make sense to be followed”.

    So I guess you are the judge when things “make sense” or not? They are laws for a reason.

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  15. Eddie Suarez says:

    @DevilsAdvocate: How do you know no one is coming if you don’t stop then look left, then right, and then left again?

    And how do you know when a rule makes sense enough to be followed? Can you make this decision in a split second? Would you tell a judge that it didn’t make sense to stop at the red light so you should not be ticketed?

    Do you play sports? Is it ever ok for the ball carrier go out of bounds? If no one is around him, then is it ok? Can a lineman be moving even just a little before the snap? Does a pitcher have to set himself into the windup before he starts to pitch or can he just throw the ball to homeplate?

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  16. Devil's Advocate says:

    @Eddie Suarez @Reggie
    What “Rules should be followed when they make sense to be followed” means is that there is a judgement call that you can make in every situation. It is the reason that red light cameras are unconstitutional in my book. An officer can make a judgment call and understand that you might pose more of a risk slamming on the brakes than you would eating the red. Yes you broke the law, but just because a law CAN be enforced doesn’t mean that it should or will be. A machine can’t make that distinction.

    If it makes sense to hop on the sidewalk while riding your bike for safety reasons then you do so. If there is no crosswalk you just cross the street. If a stop sign is there on a one way street you might treat it more like a yield sign. Technically you might be breaking the law, but these are things that perfectly rational people do.

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  17. Tony Garcia says:

    But the point is that we should not be arguing over scraps like a painted white line. We want to encourage pedestrian use, not simply allow it to happen. Yes anyone can look both ways and cross, but why does it have to be a game of frogger with traffic? It’s a question of priorities – not settling for whatever our mediocre local government is willing (or capable) of delivering.

    Other cities and countries prioritize pedestrians an cyclists.
    And I think I am more practical than most in giving carrots to public officials when they do the right thing, but we have to hold them to a higher standard. That is the only way we can start to change the design of the city.

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  18. Eddie Suarez says:

    @Devil:
    Laws are there for a reason and should be followed. Period. If you’re speeding and don’t have time to stop in the 4 or so seconds it takes a yellow light to become red then that’s not an excuse to take the red. You take the red, a camera catches you. How’s this unconstitutional? You broke the law didn’t you? Don’t speed, stop on the red, and you have no worries. Not stopping at a stop sign or red light could mean you just killed a pedestrian. Stop behaving like your above the law and entitled and this would be a better world for all of us.

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  19. Devil's Advocate says:

    @Tony Garcia I agree. Remember, I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate.

    @Eddie Suarez I’m not above the law, I’m just saying the law itself is flexible in how it is applied. Slamming on the breaks could both save a pedestrian in front of you and kill the motorist behind you. Laws are written as black and white rules, but ultimately the person who enforces (cops) and interprets (judges) them decide how it is applied.

    And by the way red light cameras should be held unconstitutional because A) No officer is there to make a judgment call and B) They have a different penalty for the same crime.

    If an officer catches you running a red you get points on your license and a high fine. If a camera catches you then you get no points and a lower fine. A real law must be consistent across the board, and this one fails that simple test.

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  20. Eddie Suarez says:

    @Devil: YOu’re right. I guess you’re more qualified to be your own law enforcement, judge, and jury than an actual professionally trained police officer, judge, or jury.

    I didn’t think of the driver behind you either protected by airbags, seatbelt, and roll cage who could die if you slam your breaks due to your previous decision to not follow the speed limit and the light turning red. That pedestrian should know better and wrap himself up in Charmin. That would keep him safe in the case your decision to not follow the law is incorrect.

    The camera fines are not the same due to public pressure. If you want, I’m sure they’d be glad to make both the same punishment to meet your request. You should write an email to let them know you want the same fine. Me? I’d just opt to drive at the legal limit and stop at the red light and avoid killing the driver behind me, the pedestrian crossing in front of me, and avoid having to live the weight of this decision for the rest of my life.

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