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Posts from ‘March, 2009’

Tri-Rail Funding Crisis Redux

And we thought last year was bad. Tri-Rail’s Year Reprieve is coming to an end, and the news looks dire. Sit back and take a deep breathe, there’s a lot going on if you haven’t caught it already.
First up we’ve been hearing talk of a fare increase, and the amounts have been made official: 25%. [...]

Coconut Grove ‘Art Rack’ Opens to Mixed Reviews

Last Saturday Bike the Grove unveiled the first of three artistic bicycle racks in Peacock Park. Miami Bike Scene and the Coconut Grapevine provide plenty of coverage on this one.  I personally have yet to see it, but from the pictures find it to be underwhelming, if not underperforming. Let’s hope the next two hit [...]

How Do You Commute?

The Miami-Dade MPO wants to know. Please  click here to complete their quick survey.

Heard On the Street: Biscayne Boulevard Is Embarrassing

Recently a reader sent the authors of Transit Miami a note of frustration, an excerpt of which is below.

I recently moved to NE 25th St. and Biscayne Boulevard.  I am happy with the neighborhood as I think it is exciting what is going on throughout the whole area.
I am happy that the city [...]

Pedestrian, Bicyclist Killed in Two Separate Incidents

The Miami Herald is reporting that a bicyclist was struck and  killed on the 1500 Block of West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Details of the accident , including the name of the victim, have not been released. Apparently, the driver stayed at the scene of the accident, which sadly seems to be the exception [...]

Action Alert: Developer Leads Park West/Overtown Greenway Initiative

Developer Brad Knoefler of Miami-based NMA Investments, is keen on changing his Park West neighborhood. Already the proud developer and resident of 697 N. Miami — a real gem of an urban redevelopment project-Knoepfler  now has his sites on creating an urban greenway with a 10ft multi-use path along downtown Miami’s highly underutilized FEC rail [...]

Service Alert: Metromover Down

The outer loop of the downtown Metromover stopped dead in its tracks early this morning, according to this article.  Apparently, the service halt is due to a problematic switch.
Let’s hope MDT engineers can twist the right lug nut, or what have you, and fix it.

On the Scene: Bike To Work Week

If you were a bike commuter this morning along the Venetian Causeway or Southwest 2nd Avenue then you may have been lucky enough to snag a free donut, cup of coffee, or at least a friendly wave from Bicycle Coordinator Collin Worth or the City’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives. That’s my half-eaten chocolate sugar bomb [...]

Downtown Development Authority Backs Miami 21

The DDA officially endorsed Miami 21 (sort of). The changes will be considered when the code is heard before the City Commission, tentatively in April. The changes  involve current entitlements and permits, non-conformities and development rights. I didn’t see anything objectionable with the requests as they seem to be a matter of assuring business leaders [...]

Pic(s) ‘O the Day

Our Pic O’ the Day brings us back home to downtown Miami. Below you are looking at Wind by Neo, as shot from the Miami Avenue bridge. During the last Bike Miami Days I was tipped off that because the neighboring property owner was in foreclosure and therefore would not be building anytime soon, the [...]

Bike The Grove This Weekend

This Saturday, March 28th, from 4-6pm at the Peacock Park Glass House there will be a special event called Bike the Grove.  Bike the Grove is a partnership between  Team 6, Leadership Miami and the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce. The centerpiece of the event will be the unveiling of a special Lebo designed bicycle [...]

Action Alert: Stop Sprawl, Say No To Senate Bill 360

Clean Water Action is rallying the anti-sprawl troops. Click here to quickly tell your senator that you do not support repealing anti-sprawl legislation.
This bill would remove critical growth management authority by the state’s Department of Community Affairs; eliminate transportation concurrency and Development of Regional Impact review in some communities.
Strong growth management laws were [...]

Trading Park Space for Parking Space on Miami Beach

** 3/30/09 UPDATE: The New World Symphony happily reports that the park will still be built, regardless of the parking issue. Transit Miami apologizes for misinterpreting the Miami Herald article, which clearly confused the issue by reporting contradictory statements in their own article. TM is planning to meet with the NWS to review the plans [...]

Pedestrian/Bicycle Accident x 2 in Coral Springs

Two separate accidents in the past two days have left two students injured in Coral Springs.  Yesterday an 8-year-old girl was struck while bicycling to school by an SUV at Northwest 123rd Avenue and 29th Street near Westchester Elementary School. The student is expected to make a full recovery. No charges have been filed.
This morning [...]

Pic o’ the Day: When Bike Use Exceeds Capacity…

In Stuttgart, Germany when bicycle use far exceeded the capacity of the transit system, officials sought a creative alternative without limiting commuting options.

Via: Maria in Europe & The Overhead Wire