This article by Adam Schachner originally appeared in the February issue of The Biscayne Times
The Foot Soldiers: Pedestrian Activists Reclaiming Miami’s Crosswalks, One Intersection at a Time
By Adam Schachner
Miamians rarely find common ground on most topics. Even more rare are public demonstrations of any kind. Collectively speaking, we’d much rather spend our time at the mall or the beach. Which makes what recently happened at a Brickell intersection all the more powerful.
Responding to an outcry for proper roadway conduct, on Monday, January 21, no fewer than 25 concerned locals declared the crosswalks at Brickell Avenue and SE 15th Road a “pedestrian safety walk zone.” Marchers occupied the crosswalks and demanded increased civility from motorists. They even distributed booklets on Florida’s traffic laws to drivers, many of whom, because they lack civility, simply flung the booklets back at the activists with a curse and a rude gesture.
Still, the walkers asserted their rights to safety, braved hostile stares and abuse, and celebrated the motorists who gave approving honks and thumbs-up.
The takeaway? Conscientious drivers, concerned about who might be hurt by their carelessness, do exist in Miami, but they are in the minority, spread thin through the ranks of traffic, and pressured to keep moving by honking tailgaters.
Read the rest of the story here via The Biscayne Times.
- FDOT to MiMo “Not enough pedestrian demand for crosswalks at every intersection; roadway safety is subjective and a matter of perception.”
- Dangerous By Design: Lack of Crosswalks in Downtown
- More Crosswalks on Brickell Avenue
- NYCDOT “Greenlight for Midtown” a Model for Reclaiming Streets
- Motorists: No Respect for New Crosswalks on Biscayne Blvd
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