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The review of the final draft of the Miami Bicycle Master Plan will be presented on Monday by Mike Lydon from The Streets Plan Collaborative. Please join us as we peek into Miami’s bicycling future. City officials and the people that are making this happen will be present to answer your questions. Public input is a critical part to the success of our city. Please make your voice heard!

Date: Monday September 21, 2009

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Belafonte Talcolcy Center

6161 Northwest 9th Avenue,

Miami, FL

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Questions? Ideas? Please email CWorth@miamigov.com or visit www.miamigov.com/bikes

In honor of the City of Miami Bike Summit, I thought this shot of bike infrastructure in Montreal could be a promise of things to come …

These bikes all fit into the space of one parked car.

These bikes all fit into the space of one parked car.

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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 the mark.

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Photo by Rydel.

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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 rack. Installing artistic bicycle racks is a popular way to raise awareness and dress up any streetscape with both beauty and function-when designed well. I have yet to see any design, so can not comment at this moment for the overall beauty and/or utility of the proposed bicycle rack, which the Herald reports will be one of three signature art racks installed in the Grove. Two more will be unveiled on Sunday, April 26th when Bike Miami Days migrates to Coconut Grove. Marc Sarnoff will be speaking at Saturday’s event, as will our fearless bicycle coordinator, Collin Worth.  Kudos to the sponsors of this event and the bicycle racks, as they will both bring more awareness to the issue and continue to raise the profile of bicycling in the City of Miami.

The new Marlins stadium planned for the Orange Bowl site in Little Havana has been approved by the Miami City Commission. County Commissioners will cast their votes early next week. While we have been quite vocal about the stadium’s design and its lack of transit service, I have been told that it is planned to be the country’s first LEED certified stadium, replete with both outdoor and indoor valet bicycle parking.

(CORRECTION: The planned Marlin’s stadium will actually be the 2nd LEED certified stadium, but is the first time Major League Baseball has pledged its own money ($1 million) towards certifying a stadium as LEED.)

However, the  needed greenwash certainly does not assuage the  issues of siting, overall poor design, and the lack of mass transit service. LEED certification does little to squelch auto-dependency (there are LEED certified Wal-Marts ), but it at least raises the bar so that citizens of other cities should expect, if not demand, that their next stadiums  meet or surpass LEED building standards.

Stay tuned as this development meets its real test next week.

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Come celebrate Miami community, urbanism, and alternative transporation this Sunday from 9-3pm. The new and improved route will get you from Mary Brickell Village to Flagler Street, and all the way out to the new Miami River Greenway/ Lummus Park. All the details can be found, as always, at the Bike Miami webpage. Please spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues.

The Transit Miami after party will start at 2:30 at Garcia’s on the Miami River, which happens to be one of my favorite Miami restaurants. In addition, Garcia’s will provide free bicycle parking to all Bike Miami Days/Transit Miami after party go’ers. Drink specials have yet to be determined.

You may download a printable .pdf of the flyer here:

And the Map here:

As some of you might know, Mike and I serve advisory roles in Miami’s newly created Bicycle Action Committee (BAC).  The BAC is working on drafting a city of Miami Bicycle Master plan and is looking for any input our citizens wish to provide.  You can download this city map, draw on it, and send back your ideas to us (movemiami@gmail.com) for committee review.  You can also leave us comments or email us lists of potential bicycle routes, needed improvements, or any other suggestions.  Here is your chance to shape a masterplan which will guide all bicycle related planning for years to come.  I’m currently working on my version, which I will publish when complete and will finally get around to creating the Bicycle Rental plan I suggested to Alesh a while ago…

Miami Beach is inherently bikeable. It has a well-connected grid of small blocks, a mixed-use pattern of land uses and several key destinations reachable within a short ride. In addition, the City now has a bicycle master plan adding bicycle lanes and bicycle parking. This fact, however, does not prevent the city from having a few terrible examples of bicycle parking. This weekend I chose to document what I find to be the three worst specimens. In descending order:

# 3. The second-runner up goes to this “Wave” style bicycle rack located at Lucky Strike on Michigan Avenue. Although wave style racks can be useful, they must be placed so that both the wheel and the frame can be locked to the rack. In this particular location, the rack is about six inches too close to the wall, meaning that the tire hits the wall before being able to properly fix the bicycle to the rack. This results in a bicycle more apt to fall over, or a bent tire in the event that a thief decides he/she wants the bicycle more than you do.

# 2. The first runner-up goes to this unused rack located behind a bus shelter at the Miami Beach Post Office on Washington and 13th. Like the rack above, this rack is too close to the railing/wall. In addition, this style of rack gets the “ambiguous use” award. Does one put their wheel in the wide slots, or the narrow? Do you lift the bike over the top of the rack and let it rest at a 45 degree angle? I have seen all three maneuvers performed, but actually suggest none of the above. Go find a street sign, as this one is useless.

And the worst bike rack on Miami Beach goes to…


…this ridiculous wave rack located at the Bank of America on Alton Road. I think the images speak for themselves.

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  • The State growth management planners have officially drafted a report recommending Miami-Dade County commissioners to reject the most recent bids to move the Urban Development Boundary further west. The issue will now head back to county commissioners who will vote again based on the state’s recommendations.
  • We really did not see this going any other way, considering the state has repeatedly warned County Commissioners on the devastating consequences our area would face should the UDB be extended west. We hope that Sally Heyman stays true to her word and reverts to her original vote against the expansion and are perplexed that this issue will somehow only narrowly be defeated. When it comes to the UDB, much of the county commission does not vote in the best interest of constituents. We’ll keep you posted as to when the County will be meeting, but in the meantime e-mail your county commissioner
  • Miami-Dade County Commissioners gathered in Washington D.C. this week to meet with Federal Transit Administrator James Simpson to discuss the fate of the upcoming N/S and E/W metrorail extensions. The N/S extension was recently downgraded due to financial uncertainty within MDT. Simpson urged the county officials to work together and put an end to the racial bickering which has plagued much of the county’s projects since the 1970s.
    • We hope that the County administration comes back home with a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished in order to see these projects come to fruition. MDT and the Commission should be ashamed that these critical projects were downgraded because of poor management however, given the poor management of previous projects and ridiculous cost overruns, this really shouldn’t surprise us. Transportation options shouldn’t become the center of a cultural war, on the contrary, transit should unite our neighborhoods and make county-wide mobility easier for all.
  • The city of Coral Gables is looking into creating plan that would provide free parking to the drivers of electric vehicles. The plan is being considered after a recommendation by the city’s economic development board altered Commissioner Ralph Cabrera’s initiative to provide more downtown bicycle parking. Meanwhile, some within the city were looking to expand the initiative to provide reduced parking fees for owners of hybrid vehicles.
    • We commend Commissioner Cabrera for introducing some greener initiatives and for the city’s support in making Coral Gables a bicycle friendly community. Free parking for electric vehicles may be ahead of its time, considering that few electric vehicles are available on the market today, but the city is headed in the right direction in providing the local infrastructure to even make this technology possible. The exclusion of hybrid vehicles from this proposition is recommended by Transit Miami due to the varied nature of hybrid vehicles (20 mpg Yukon Hybrid - 50 mpg Prius.) We believe the city needs to continue in the green direction by subsidizing only virtually zero emission projects (Bicycle, EV, Trolley, Pedestrian, etc.)

    I had the opportunity recently to sit down an speak with Miami Beach Chief of Staff AC Weinstein, who on Mayor Bowers’ behalf, was kind enough to answer some critical questions for us on the future of Miami Beach. I’ll post the questions/Answers below and follow up with some commentary tomorrow:

    TM: The greater Miami area is awash with development, cranes, and construction, a sign of prosperous economic times, without permitting overdevelopment in Miami Beach, what will you do to continue to ensure the economic vitality of one of our strongest engines?

    AC: All the development in Miami Beach does not ensure economic vitality; rather the economic vitality will continue to be the proper balance of reasonable development and respect for our residential neighborhoods. Overdevelopment does not ensure economic vitality of Miami Beach.

    Referendum questions in height variance above 3 feet must go to the voters.

    TM: Recent studies conducted by various planning experts suggests that Miami Beach will be ready (from a congestion standpoint) for an effective public transportation system around 2011. What is your position on improving public transportation on Miami Beach, particularly concerning the Baylink proposal? If you are against the proposal, please share your concerns, reservations, and alternative plans you suggest.

    AC: MPO committee member informed the subcommittee will not see baylink in our lifetime. The Mayor has always leaned against the baylink system, because residents want to remove overhead wires. The shuttle buses are more compatible with our historic city and are more reliable than streetcars. The city recently completed a Washington Avenue Streetscape and would not want to tear up the roadway to install tracks.

    TM: The environment has become a hot topic both locally and across America. This issue is obviously a concern to Miami Beach due to the possibility of rising seas, extensive beach erosion, and loss of vital fish habitat. What plans do you have to push Miami Beach in a more ecologically friendly direction? (I am specifically referencing LEED certification, reduced vehicle demand, and water conservation.)

    AC: The Mayors office has created a green committee to specifically research this issue and looks forward to the recommendations of this committee.

    TM: Given the fact that approximately 50% of Miami Beach residents do not rely on a vehicle as a primary means of transportation, what improvements can you foresee evolving to make the city more hospitable to pedestrians and cyclists?

    AC: The Mayor has established a Bikeway committee to address this question and with commission approval new bike lanes and greenways will be moving forward. Greenway could be possible along Indian Creek, however, we need ROW from property owners.

    TM: How do you feel about a Bicycle sharing program similar to the Velib recently installed in Paris

    AC: It is an interesting program that I think would work well with our city. New construction will be required to include bicycle racks.

    • Happy Valentines Day, Now go ride Tri-Rail for free (Sun-Sentinel)
    • Former Omni Mall stepping up security to boost public safety at the new mixed-use complex (Miami Today)
    • MDT is planning on buying 136 new rail cars for metrorail rather than refurbishing the existing ones. The anticipated cost is $200 million more than refurbishment. (Miami Today FYI)
    • Community Councils sticking around- for now (Miami Herald)
    • You can learn to drive, part 5 (Bicycles) (Critical Miami)
    • Miami’s own mini-ciclovia. These events need more publicity. (Miami-Forum)
    • MDT is shopping for more Bike Racks for Metrorail. Why it took 2 years is beyond me. (Spokes ‘n’ Folks)
    • What happens when Emerge Miami’s Critical Mass and Politicians collide? Commissioner’s Sanchez’s commitment to join the next ride. (Riptide 2.0)

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