We report, you decide: Here’s the email thread:
Dear Mr. Hodgkins,
Natalia Zea from CBS spoke with you yesterday regarding the MacArthur Causeway. It is my understanding that the FDOT is currently designing a bicycle facility for the MacArthur Causeway.
On behalf of Transit Miami and the South Florida Bike Coalition I would like to better understand what the FDOT is proposing. The existing conditions on the MacArthur Causeway are extremely dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The FDOT has designated the MacArthur Causeway a “bike route “, but I fail to see how the safety of cyclists can be assured when the unprotected “bike route” is adjacent to a highway with a design speed of 60+ mph.
I look forward to hearing about the FDOT’s proposed bicycle facility.
Here’s the FDOT’s response:
Dear Mr. Azenha:
Your questions concerning bicycle use on the MacArthur Causeway was routed to me for response.
Bicyclists are permitted to travel on all roadways except those roadways classified as limited access facilities. State Road A1A/MacArthur Causeway is not classified as a limited access roadway from the Biscayne Bay Bridge (between the City of Miami and Watson Island) to Miami Beach.
Consistent with state law, we assume that bicyclists will operate on-road on all of our non-limited access roadway facilities. As a result, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) does not maintain designated specific roadways as bicycle routes. We strive to provide bicycle facilities on all of our non-limited access facilities where feasible. Please note that the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization has identified the MacArthur Causeway as part of the bicycle network per the “2001 Bicycle Facilities Plan.” The existing bicycle lanes between Watson Island and Terminal Isle also meet FDOT design requirements for bicycle facilities and future on-road bicycle lanes are currently being considered as part of the ongoing Port of Miami Tunnel project.
A person riding a bicycle has the same rights as any driver regardless if bicycle facilities (on-road or shared-use path) are present. Similarly, a pedestrian is permitted to walk within the roadway shoulder when sidewalks do not exist such as the portion of the MacArthur Causeway between Watson Island and Terminal Isle.
The safety of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians remain the Department’s highest priority. In addition to integrating safety features in the design of roads and bridges, the Department actively involves the community through a network of local Community Traffic Safety Teams. These teams, consisting of volunteers as well as law enforcement agencies, help implement the Department’s safety mandate.
The Department welcomes and appreciates your interest in this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me for this or any other concerns.
Florida Department of Transportation
Sounds like the FDOT believes that the design standards they used on the MacArthur Causeway are safe enough for cyclists. What a joke. On what planet is it safe to put an unprotected bike lane adjacent to a highway with a design speed of 60+ mph? What is even sadder is the load of B.S. that was fed to me in an obvious cut-and-paste-job at the end of the email.
“The safety of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians remain the Department’s highest priority.”
If the FDOT were serious about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists they wouldn’t put an unprotected bike lane next to a freeway. The FDOT’s priority is to move cars faster, not the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. This is glaringly obvious as the tunnel project is already underway and it appears that the FDOT is only now beginning to consider bicycle lanes as part of the ongoing Port of Miami Project. Protected bicycle lanes should have been considered at the very beginning of this project; it shouldn’t be an afterthought. Moreover, has the FDOT’s so-called “Community Traffic Safety Team” reached out to Transit Miami, South Florida Bike Coalition, the Green Mobility Network, the City of Miami, or the City of Miami Beach for input on a bicycle facility? Nope. They also failed to properly reach out to the Brickell community before starting the current resurfacing project through the most densely populated corridor in Florida. This is the FDOT’s standard operating procedure.
I’d like to invite District 6 Secretary Mr. Gus Pego and his family to ride the MacArthur Causeway. I’d like him and his family to tell me that the MacArthur Causeway is a family-friendly place to ride a bike.
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