During the past three years I have documented at least 22 crashes along Biscayne Boulevard from 36th Street to 79th Street.  The majority of the crashes have resulted in cars riding up on the sidewalk and at least three innocent pedestrians have been seriously injured. The reality is that with so many crashes there is no explanation as to why more pedestrians are not injured or killed in these crashes. The dangerous speed in which these drivers are traveling is clearly evidenced by the numbers of light poles, bus shelters and signs that have been knocked down (the majority of these crashes have been photographed and posted on this blog).

Biscayne Boulevard and 53rd Street  Crash occurred  on Saturday night on August 24. As of two days ago the light pole was still on the ground a week after the crash.

Biscayne Boulevard and 53rd Street. Crash occurred on Saturday night on August 24. As of two days ago the light pole was still on the ground a week after the crash. Where’s the cleanup crew?

Twenty-two crashes in 36 months along a 43-block stretch of one road isn’t an acceptable safety standard. Clearly there is something innately unsafe in the design speed of this road. Yet the FDOT continues to ignore the fact that their very own design standards enable and encourage motorists to move as quickly as possible.  Everyone loses with Biscayne Boulevard’s design, especially pedestrians and the businesses that operate along Biscayne Boulevard.

Two weeks ago an SUV drove off of Biscayne Boulevard onto the sidewalk and into the INS building.  These are the damaged bushes.

Two weeks ago an SUV drove off of Biscayne Boulevard onto the sidewalk and into the INS building. These are the damaged bushes. Luckily no one was injured.

We have a serious safety problem and the FDOT, the county and the city are collectively ignoring this issue that not only affects Biscayne Boulevard, but all of Florida. This is evidenced by the fact that Florida leads the nation as the deadliest state for pedestrians and cyclists.  I think its fair to say that FDOT deserves most of the blame for this bleek honor due to their faulty design standards that emphasize “level of service”, rather than “safety for all road users”. At the county and city level the complacency has earned Miami Dade County the #4 spot in the nation for pedestrian and cyclists fatalities.

Four weeks ago I was told that a pedestrian was hit in the "FDOT Death Walk" on 85th and Biscayne Boulevard. Putting a crosswalk on an urban highway with a design speed of 40+mph is irresponsible. I use these crosswalks daily and drivers more often than not don't yield to pedestrians.

Four weeks ago I was told that a pedestrian was hit in the “FDOT Death Walk” on 85th and Biscayne Boulevard. Putting a crosswalk on an urban highway with a design speed of 40+mph is irresponsible. I use these crosswalks daily and drivers more often than not don’t yield to pedestrians.

The combination of lack of leadership in Miami Dade County with FDOT’s inability to make streets safer for all users has created the perfect disastrous storm for pedestrians and cyclists. If the FDOT and our local elected officials don’t begin to change their ways, Florida and Miami Dade County will continue to lead the nation in pedestrian and cycling fatalities.  In Miami we can virtually guarantee more pedestrian fatalities along Biscayne Boulevard as new residential and commercial development bring more density to the neighborhood.

Unprotected narrow sidewalks and cars moving at 45mph is a recipe for disaster. It's beyond my comprehension how the FDOT actually believes this to be perfectly safe.

Unprotected narrow sidewalks and cars moving at 45mph is a recipe for disaster. It’s beyond my comprehension how the FDOT actually believes this to be perfectly safe.

Sadly, none of our local elected officials seems to want to do anything to make Biscayne Boulevard safer for pedestrians and cyclists, nor does FDOT.  The County and City are now pointing the finger at Senator Gwen Margolis; apparently only Senator Margolis has leverage with the FDOT. The County and City always seem to claim they have no leverage with the FDOT.  Apparently the FDOT can do as they please and don’t have to really answer to our local elected officials, or residents for that matter.

We don’t want to let anyone of the hook.  So please click here to send an email to the following people to hold them accountable to make Biscayne Boulevard more business and pedestrian-friendly:

FDOT District Six Secretary Gus Pego
Senator Gwen Margolis
Mayor Regalado
County Mayor Gimenez
County Commissioner Edmonson
Commissioner Sarnoff

Here are two other crashes that occurred in the past month:

In the past 5 months 2 other light poles have been knocked down: Biscayne and 37th Street and Biscayne and 54th Street.

 

 

2 Responses to Biscayne Boulevard: 1 Road, 22 crashes, 36 months

  1. Mike Arias says:

    Hello everyone,

    As a follow up in reference to the 22 collisions which have occured in the last 36 months from 36 street and Biscayne to 79 street please note that according to Ramon Sierra / P.E. from FDOT he advised me that the accident reports had been reviewed and that the main causes of these repeated collisions occuring were due to reckless and speeding drivers.

    Although I do not dispute this fact, everyone knows that, despite ALL of engineering and safety practices utilized if a driver is improperly operating a vehicle the pontential for a collision to occur will always unfortunately exists not only in this area but on a every public roadway as well.

    What concerns me the most is an errant vehicle coming off the roadway and going onto the sidewalk where they could be pedestrians waitng for a bus, walking or a vehicle going into a buissness as well with customers inside.

    This same scenario occured sometime last year on NW 7 street just before 17 ave which unfortunately resulted in the loss of life of 4 innocent pedestrains that were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The driver of the vehicle apparently suffered a medical event which caused him to loose consciouness and loss of control of his vehicle.

    I do not understand why large decorative / painted concrete planters where not utilized along the edge sidewalk closets to the roadway in this area and (other similar areas as well) to provide landscaping inside of them in order to enhance the aesthetics of the area as well as to serve as a safety barrier for pedestrians which would be in everyones public safety vested interests.

    It is never to late to add the proposed heavy duty poured concrete planters to the edges of the sidewalk in this area( adjacent to the roadway. If these planters are eventually struck by an errant vehicle they can easily be either repaired or replaced whereas if a pedestrian is stuck by a reckless and speeding vehicle traveling at 30 or 40 mph or higher they will most likely not survive critical injuries sustained.

    Let me leave everyone with a quote provided by Albert Enstein which I believe is very applicable on this public safety matter.

    Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

    For the sake of every pedestrians public safety in this area lets try something different that is a cost effective solution before someone is seriously injured or killed that could have probably been prevented.

    The legal settlement costs of 1 lawsuit ( involving a fatality) will pay for the proposed safety enhancements needed for pedestrians in this area ( and other similar areas) and will actually provide a cost savingsover their life cycle for the taxpayers as well by preventing similar potential events from repeatedly occuring to pedestrians.

    Last, but not least everyone in the City of Miami can forget having traffic enforcement details performed on a regular basis in this area ( and other areas as well) due to limited manpower resources currently available and numerous priority emergency calls police officers have to respond to on a daily basis.

    In the interim the proposed solution is hopefully considered and reviewed by the roadway and civic activists I urge everyone to use extreme caution anytime that anyone is walking or riding a bicycle in this high volume and congested roadway.

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  2. Craig says:

    Great comment, Mike.

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