Crossing The Street Not Easy In Miami Springs

Retired police office Glenn Rice attempts to cross the street in downtown Miami Springs. Despite the pedestrian island, flashing lights, and signage and oh, the state law, Mr. Rice gets no love.

10 Responses to “Crossing The Street Not Easy In Miami Springs”

  1. 1 Felipe Azenha

    Awesome. This guy is my hero. This seems to be a prevalent issue here in south florida. Besides enforcement, what else can we do to encourage motorists to yield to pedestrians? Are there traffic calming measures which can be taken? It seems like the relative high speed of the cars is one factor which deters them from yielding to pedestrians. If the speed limit where 25mph, perhaps this would cause them to be more aware of pedestrians trying to cross.

  2. 2 Mike Lydon

    You can limit the speed limit, but the effective design speed of the roadway is much higher. This means that motorists feel perfectly comfortable cruising consistently above the speed limit.

  3. 3 b.a.c

    That cross is actually pretty rough. The problem is its the main artery through the city of Miami Springs. All the Hialeah drivers are attempting to get across Miami springs to 36st and use that entrance. I have seen plenty accidents there where people actually try to stop for a pedestrian and get rear ended by someone.

    The solution would probably be to add some speed bumps and forcibly slow people down, otherwise nobody is going to pay attention to that signage. Also, whats amazing is that Springs is a town full of cops who are more than willing to pull you over for going 33 MPH….beats the hell outta me, and I been living in springs nearly my entire life.

  4. 4 Eddie Suarez

    No speedbumps!! Speedbumps not only ruin car suspension, alignments, etc… they are also super anti-cyclists!! I don’t know this road, but putting speedbumps pretty much means no one on a bike can ride it. Speedbumps also cost money.

    Traffic calming devices like roundabouts are also a joke. No one yields. The couple I have to traverse on a daily basis are like playing russian roulette. Cars zip through them at the highest speed possible. Additionally, cyclists may also have a tough time negotiation the roundabout especially when riding in paceline. Roundabouts also cost money.

    Solution? How about enforcement? Put an officer there and have him start handing out fat tickets. Yes the officer has to get paid to be out there but how much will the city make on all of the fines? I drive or cycle through Pinecrest almost everyday and hardly see any speeders. Cruisers are visible and signs are posted that speed limits are strictly enforced.

    We would not have so many traffic violations if law enforcement enforced the laws.

  5. 5 Walter Ward

    I would bet that the cars going by are everyday people. Just start giving out traffic tickets on different days you would soon see a decline of speeders. And when giving out a ticket take as long as possible to make the speeders late for where they were going. Bet you can also get seat belt violators, non licenced drivers etc at the same time.

  6. 6 joel

    I know that intersection well, and I know the problems people have with crossing there, no doubt (also, the tickets that are handed out to the cars that don’t yield when they arrive to the roundabout…) However, this guy doesn’t help his cause at all by standing there and flailing his arms, all with a camera filming him. The drivers going by don’t know what he’s doing. I agree that they should be stopping, but he doesn’t really look like he’s making an attempt to cross the street. He looks like he’s standing and observing.

  7. 7 Kathryn

    There are lots of speed bump designs out there that are bicycle-friendly… I like the one used in sharrows where there is a flat depression in line with the chevron.

  8. 8 W. K. Lis

    If the speed limit is over 30 mph or 50 km/h, there should be pedestrian activated traffic lights.

  9. 9 Kathryn

    Also, what W.K. Lis said.

  10. 10 mr jones

    A speed hump cross walk (cross walk on top of the speed hump) would seem like a good idea. Then that forces cars to slow down, help keeping the speed limit, …and I would guess since the cars are already slowing down, the chances of them making a complete stop for pedestrian would increase?

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