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Posts from ‘July, 2009’

Miami 21 on Facebook

Hey all, if you are a member of Facebook join our growing group of Miami 21 supporters! It is really important that commissioners know that there is popular support for the plan from their constituency, so don’t be shy. We also updated our ‘My Commissioner’ tab for those of you who don’t know what district [...]

Miami Becomes BikeTown USA

Bicycling Magazine has announced that they and Jamis Bicycles will be coming to Miami on August 27th.
The reason?
Miami has been selected as a “BikeTown.” This is no doubt due, at least in small part, to the continued advancements that the city has made since that very magazine ranked the city as one of the three [...]

Happy Hour: Learn More About Miami 21

I’m not in Miami today to attend, but a last minute gathering is now scheduled for  tonight at the River Lounge, located at the Epic from 6-9pm. $10 donation gets you in plus FREE drinks & specials. MIAMI 21 friends, supporters (including planners) will be there to answer your questions and give you more information.
If [...]

The Battle Begins…

While the commissioner’s first reading of Miami 21 will not be until August 6th, the political battle  is well underway. This morning Commissioner and mayoral candidate Joe Sanchez (a known supported of Miami 21) issued a press release urging the Mayor to table Miami 21 in favor of figuring out the city’s current budget crisis. [...]

Upcoming Transit Meetings

Join us at two public meetings where you can share your ideas regarding Miami-Dade Transit’s Transit Development Plan. The TDP is a 10-year plan that focuses on the development of transit services in Miami-Dade County based on where they are mostly needed. For more information call María Batista at 786-469-5245 or send an email to [...]

Miami 21 Finally On the Agenda!!!

This is it friends, the first reading of Miami 21 before the Miami City Commission. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready. This plans to be an event for all to remember. Be there!!
When: Thursday, August 6, 2:00 pm.
Where: Miami City Hall Chambers, 3500 Pan American Drive

The Games Traffic Engineers Play

Okay, this one was sent to me from Dave Hull, via the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals’ listserv. The University of Minnesota’s  Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute has released a “Gridlock Buster” traffic game, which helps students understand the “fundamentals” of controlling gridlock. Says the Institute of its new product:
“Gridlock Buster” is a traffic control [...]

Hit-and-Run Claims Life of Kendall Woman

The Herald is reporting that a woman was struck and killed by a motorist  while she attempted to cross the street in Kendall. The crash occurred at Southwest 104th Street and 150th Place (View Larger Map). In typical Miami fashion, the driver took left the crash scene. Police are looking for details, if you have [...]

High Gas Prices = Safer, Healthier, More Urban America

New research from Professor Charles Courtemanche of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro demonstrates that even a 1$ rise in gas prices can have a very positive effect on America’s health. Unsurprisingly, Courtemanche determines that as pump prices rise, more Americans walk, take transit, bicycle, eat out less, and in general think about moving [...]

Pic O’ The Day

Bicycling along NE 61st Street this morning, I came across a rare site.

Bike Miami Rides

Bike Miami Rides — our summertime replacement of Bike Miami Days — returns this Sunday with a ride through Miami’s Upper East Side area neighborhoods. The ride is designed to help those not currently comfortable with riding on the city’s streets to learn the basics in a safe setting. For details, please visit the Bike [...]

Florida Makes Its High-Speed Rail Bid

The State of Florida is moving forward with high-speed rail plans, this time with the full support of the governor.  In its bid, the state is asking for $2.53 billion, just over a quarter of what the feds have set aside for such initiatives. While we, and others, have reported some skepticism on Florida’s ability [...]

21 Reasons To Support Miami 21

Adam Mizrahi of Urban City Architecture has outlined twenty one reasons to support Miami 21. The well-written post concisely elucidates almost all of the reasons our city leaders, and their constituents, should move to adopt Miami 21.  Of the  items listed, my favorite reasons are #6 and #15
6.Let Hialeah, Kendall, Fort Lauderdale,  and Sunrise do [...]

A Great, Green Neighborhood

Great Green Places: Columbia Heights from National Building Museum on Vimeo.

News Roundup

Go Tom! DCA Director Tom Pelham says that SB360 doesn’t apply to large metropolitan areas (like Miami):

According to Pelham’s interpretation, issued last week, SB 360 cannot override local governments’ home-rule authority, granted in state law. He cites this provision in the bill:
“The designation of a transportation concurrency exception area does not limit a local government’s [...]