ped safety little havana

Everyone knows that Miami has a serious problem with pedestrian injuries and fatalities; not a week goes by without reading an article about another pedestrian struck by a car. Miami is the 4th most dangerous city for pedestrians and cyclists in the Country right now.

This must change!

We live in one of the most beautiful, perfect climates in the world, yet stepping out our doors for a walk can be fatal. With Emerge Miami, I began organizing walks for pedestrian safety last year in response to this ongoing crisis. The concept is simple, during the time that pedestrians are legally allowed to enter the crosswalk, we have people with educational signs and statistics about pedestrians injuries and fatalities walk back and forth through the crosswalk. We also have educational materials to hand drivers and pedestrians.

Our next walk is in Little Havana on June 29th, a lovely neighborhood that should be safe and walkable, yet speeding cars and infrequent crosswalks make it a extremely dangerous for walkers, especially the many more elderly residents who live there.

As part of our walk we are asking that pedestrians who have been injured, and their families, to come out and join our walk to help put a personal face on this epidemic of injury and death.

For more information or to get involved please contact Elsa Roberts at eroberts@mtu.edu. To RSVP to the event go to Meetup or Facebook.

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4 Responses to Pedestrian Safety Walk in Little Havana

  1. Wallace Bray says:

    I drive professionally in Miami everyday and I wish I had a dollar for every pedestrian who I see crossing a street or avenue not in the designated crosswalk but a car length or two from that crosswalk. You know when I was a kid in the 1960′s I got a ticket for J-walking. Maybe it’s time to do the same now.

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  2. Wallace Bray says:

    I drive professionally in Miami everyday and I wish I had a dollar for every pedestrian who I see crossing a street or avenue not in the designated crosswalk but a car length or two from that crosswalk. You know when I was a kid in the 1960′s I got a ticket for J-walking. Maybe it’s time to do the same now.

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  3. I walk and bike professionally in Miami everyday I wish I had a dollar for every motorist that breaks traffic laws, is texting and honks at me while I’m on my bike. There’s aren’t enough crosswalks in Miami and to many motorists like yourself that feel entitled because they are behind the wheel of a car. I am also a driver. Let’s first address the real problem, which is drivers behaving badly.

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  4. Pancho Desastre says:

    I can’t figure out why there are perfectly good bike paths on one side of the road and the cyclists are all in the road. Okay, I can understand it if the cyclists are training and going fast because the road is smoother, no walkers in the way, etc., but a bicycle rider that is inching along on the road and preventing a smooth flow of traffic should be on the bike path. I give cyclists a wide berth, and when there is oncoming traffic, I can see the pile-up of cars behind me. Worse if there are cyclists on both sides of the road.

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