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You can register here. By the way, I ‘ve reached out to all our City Commissioners about this event. Let’s see how many of them actually show up. Yes, we are keeping tabs.

 

Can Miami Develop Now with Less Parking

 

Local politicians are finally beginning to get on-board with bicycle and pedestrian justice!

The smarter ones are beginning to realize that the remainder of their political careers will be determined by their commitment to active transportation and livable urbanism here in greater Miami.

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Tuesday, May 21 — 9:15am

Board of County Commissioners Meeting

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

10950 SW 211 Street

Cutler Bay, Florida 33189

 

May 1st “news release” from the Florida Department of Transportation & Florida Turnpike Enterprise:

Florida’s Turnpike will host open house Tuesday, May 14, to discuss proposed widening project in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, will host a public information meeting/open house to discuss the project development and environment study for the proposed fdotwidening of Florida’s Turnpike from Campbell Drive (Exit 2) to U.S. 1 (Exit 12) in Miami-Dade County.

The informal open house meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus, Building F, 500 College Terrace, Homestead, Florida 33030.

The public is invited to attend and express their views concerning the location and conceptual design, as well as the social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed improvements. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

The proposed 11-mile project will add roadway capacity to meet existing and future travel demand for the year 2040. [Really?]

For more information or to provide comments about this project, please contact Project Manager Henry Pinzon at henry.pinzon@dot.state.fl.us or 1-800-749-PIKE, ext. 3802.

 

Your participation is needed, Miami-Dade County!

  • Do we wish to use our tax dollars to further expand (tolled) highways? 
  • How is FDOT deriving its population growth and land-use change projections for 2040?
  • Do we wish to expand highways to accommodate, intensify, and accelerate the already rampant suburban sprawl in the southern parts of Miami-Dade County?

 

The Miami-Dade County government is holding a Transportation Summit supposedly committed to “visioning the future of Miami-Dade County’s Public Transportation”.

I’m encouraged to believe that this summit is going to mark a significant turning point in the evolution of our city and its public transportation network. As recently reported in the Miami Herald, at the late February State of the County address, Mayor Carlos Gimenez explicitly recognized that ““We’re facing major mobility challenges”, and that “We need to embrace innovative and cost-effective changes.”

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To register for the event, please visit the registration website at:

http://www.miamidade.gov/citt/transportation-summit.asp

The Summit is scheduled to take place at:

Miami-Dade College - Wolfson Campus

Chapman Conference Center 3210

300 NE 2 Ave
Miami FL 33132-2296

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There are going to be four break-out sessions in total, with attendees having to choose between one of two topics for the morning and the afternoon sessions. The two morning topics participants have to choose from are as follows (taken directly from the registration website):

Morning Session Topics

Morning Session A: Innovative Financing Opportunities: Transportation projects utilize a wide variety of revenue and funding from federal, state, local, and private sources. With funding for planning and projects becoming increasingly tighter, transportation agencies are employing innovative strategies to finance capital costs.

Morning Session B: State-of-the-Art Transit Technologies and Mode Choice: A key transportation issue for our community is weighing the trade-offs among the various fixed route alternatives. Discover solutions that offer diverse ways to efficiently develop Miami-Dade’s transportation network through ways including bus rapid transit, rail systems, system design, automated guide-ways, etc.

Afternoon Session Topics

Afternoon Session C: Establishing Public Private Partnerships: Understand the importance of new partnership efforts between the private sector and the various levels of government in the state. Also hear about innovative programs in several states and share your experiences.

Afternoon Session D: Corridor and Priorities Planning: The planning and development of multi-modal corridors — “the next big thing project” — starts with consensus among many stakeholders in a region, including the walking, riding, and driving public, private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations. Prioritization involves many considerations ranging from design and construction of infrastructure to community values in areas such as mobility needs and desired land uses. These themes cut across bus (bus rapid transit, exclusive bus lanes, etc.) and rail systems (underground, elevated, and surface alignments), as well as stations, etc.

Lastly, there will be a “Community Visioning Forum” from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

The County seems to be taking this event quite seriously too. This could be it, folks! This could be the year that we start to build a broad, diverse, determined coalition of the progressive to finally push for an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically vibrant set of mobility solutions. It’s time we brought Miami into the 21st century. This Summit could be our chance!

Needless to say, then, our community needs your participation!

To register for the event, please visit the registration website at:

http://www.miamidade.gov/citt/transportation-summit.asp

The Summit is scheduled to take place at:

Miami-Dade College - Wolfson Campus

Chapman Conference Center 3210

300 NE 2 Ave
Miami FL 33132-2296
  

For the future of Miami, let’s make this event bigger and more momentous than any of us could hope . . .

 

We’re posting this on short-term notice, but better than nothing.

The City of Miami is hosting a Public Information Meeting for residents and business owners in the community to discuss plans for the Baywalk project, which would run along Biscayne Bay from Alice Wainwright Park (just south of the Rickenbacker Causeway) all the way north to the Julia Tuttle Causeway, nearly all of the City of Miami’s coastline. The City (and TransitMiami, of course) wants as much community participation as possible. (Unfortunately, though, it also conflicts with this month’s regular Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting, so mobility advocates will have to decide where their voices will have most impact.)

Tuesday, April 23 (TODAY!) @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Residencia Jesus Maestro

717 NE 27th Street, 6th Floor

Miami, Florida 33137

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For more information about the meeting, please contact Public Informatoin Specialist Jeannette Lazo at 305 573 0089 or Email her at: Jeannette@iscprgroup.com

 

FEC Program-April 17

 

Please Register Online by:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Online at seflorida.uli.org

 

 

Yup, time to celebrate the River! The Miami River Commission will be hosting its 17th annual Miami River Day 2013.

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Saturday, April 6 @ 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Lummus Park Historic District

250 NW North River Drive

Featuring Free:

  • Boat Rides along the Miami River
  • Historical Tours & Re-Enactments
  • Environmental Education
  • Kids Activities
  • Bike Valet
  • Paddle Board & Kayak Races

 

modal priority

 We just received some excellent news from a Transit Miami sleeper cell from deep within the FDOT machine. Apparently, going forward, FDOT will integrate a new “complete streets policy” in all future projects.  Transit Miami’s anonymous FDOT source had this to say:

“FDOT will no longer design streets that encourage speeding. We recognize that since no one else can hold us accountable, we will begin holding ourselves accountable for designing roads that have made Florida the deadliest state in the nation for pedestrians and cyclists”.

The senior FDOT official also had this to say…

“No longer will we treat pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled and parents with strollers like second-class citizens. From now on FDOT will design streets with all users in mind.  We won’t design streets for the sole purpose of moving cars as quickly as possible. FDOT’s mantra will no longer be “Level of Service”, but rather ‘Level of Safety”.

When pressed as to why FDOT has now decided to adopt a complete streets policy the senior FDOT official has this to say…

” It’s just common sense.  We should have had a complete streets policy 10 years ago. We have tasted the complete streets Kool-Aid and we understand that complete streets are good for people and for businesses.

Needless to say, we here at Transit Miami could not be happier.

 

The University of Miami Urban Studies Program (College of Arts & Sciences) and School of Architecture will be hosting a one-day mini-conference titled “Cities 2030″ covering the topic of urban futures.

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Twelve renowned international scholars and architects will discuss and reflect on the future of cities and urban sustainability in 2030. Cities and regions to be discussed include Accra, Ghana; Dubai, UAE; Mumbai, India; Beijing, China; New York, USA; Nairobi, Kenya; and our own Miami, USA; among others.

The all-day program runs from 8:30am-5:30pm.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Alejandro Portes, co-author of City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami.

There will also be an evening event at 6:00pm featuring a talk by Shohei Shigematsu, Architect and Partner at OMA/AMO, based out of Rotterdam, NY, USA.

The entire event is free and open to the public. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

University of Miami School of Architecture
Glasgow Hall

April 5 @ 8:30am-7:30pm

 

Blarke Ingels will  hold a lecture on the architectural works of BIG in Miami Beach that is free and open to the public — space is limited so please RSVP to email: RSVP_SI@edelman.com

March 26, 2013 @ 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Colony Theater

1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


BIG

Bjarke Ingles founded BIG to develop designs that are programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Recently named one of the lead designers for the Smithsonian Masterplan, Bjarke was also named Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year. He is among Fast Company’s Topo 100 Most Creative People in Design and has received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, as well as two National AIA Awards. In addition to overseeing his New York-based practice, he has taught at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Rice Universities. Bjarke is an honorary professor at the Royal Columbia and Rice Universities and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker at venues such as TED, WIRED, Google’s Zeitgeist, and the World Economic Forum.

It’s that time again! If you don’t already, it’s time to give biking to work a try. . . . It could very well change your life!

And, hey, you can even ride with a Mayor or two, or maybe even seven . . .

Friday, March 22 @ 8:30am

University Metrorail Station

5400 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez will be joined by the six municipal Mayors who have partnered on the countywide Bike305 cycling initiative. They are encouraging residents to give up their car commute and pedal their bicycle to work.

 

View the prize-wining installation of the 2012 DawnTown design/build competition at HistoryMiami.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 6:30pm

HistoryMiami

101 West Flagler Street

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For the past five years, DawnTown’s annual design ideas competition has attracted designers from around the world to present new and creative possibilities for Miami. This year’s winning design, Up-Downtown, is an international collaboration between Jacob Brillhart (Miami, Fl, USA) and Manuel Clavel-Rojo (Murcia, Spain).

Up-Downtown interactively presents the rapid rise of downtown Miami over an extended period of time.

HistoryMiami Members: Free

Non-Members: $10

RSVP by March 18: 305 375 5356 | RSVP@historymiami.org

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Your writer is a slight woman, sometimes confused for a minor, who dreams of a South Florida where everyone feels safe crossing the street. Friends, family, and in these videos, my boyfriend, would clearly prefer I keep myself away from traffic. I hate to stress them but - when pro-pedestrian/pro-safety traffic modifications are installed, I just can’t help but try them out.

So, for today’s transit humor (because no one was hurt), here are two videos of myself and my wary significant other, trying (and failing) to cross the street at 48th & Biscayne Blvd.

FDOT: Thank you! It’s an important first step. City of Miami Police: where are you??

Interesting note: Found this Florida attorney’s webpage on ‘Penalties After Violating Pedestrian and Crosswalk Law’:

“If there is a person attempting to cross a road while in a marked crosswalk you are required to stop until the person has cleared the crosswalk. Most crosswalks are marked by painted lines and a yellow sign with an image of a person walking… The rules here are pretty obvious, and most drivers wouldn’t move their vehicles through a crosswalk if a pedestrian was there.”

As the voice asks in Part 1: “They just don’t see the sign, love. They… can’t… possibly…”

This lane marking is approved by the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration and is part of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

 

The former City of Miami Mayor, Manny Diaz, will be speaking at the University of Miami on his new book,

Miami Transformed:Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 @ 6:00pm

Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Glasgow Hall

1215 Dickenson Drive

Coral Gables, Florida

Manny Diaz: Miami Transformed

 

 

The verdict is in, Michele Traverso will serve ONLY 364 days in jail followed by two years of house arrest for the death of Aaron Cohen last year on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Stay tuned for more information.

Follow #AaronCohen for a recap of today’s 6 hour deliberations.

 
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