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There is a book launch event this Sunday, March 2, for STREET DESIGN: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns hosted by the City of Coral Gables and Books and Books. Selected streets from our very own Coral Gables, South Miami and Miami Beach are highlighted in the book to exemplify the true value of properly designed, pedestrian-friendly streets. This how-to guide is written by locally-based planner, Victor Dover, and NYC architect, John Massengale.

Coral Gables’ Director of Planning & Zoning, Ramon Trias, will make introductory remarks, followed by a short presentation by Victor Dover. The book will be on sale in the Museum gift shop.


What: Reception, Talk & Book Signing with Victor Dover 

When: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Where: Coral Gables Museum, Community Meeting Room located at 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

RSVP on Facebook

Santa Maria Street, Coral Gables

Come check out the South Miami Farmers Market Grand Opening, Saturday January 22, from 9 am till 2 pm, in front of South miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive.

Vendors include a French bakery, the Indian River CSA , and a bunch of other very yummy and good-for-you food.

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The City of Miami Planning Department will be holding a Community Meeting for the NE neighborhoods (approx 50th St northward to the city limits- east of the railroad tracks and including Oakland Park) to discuss the Preservation Division’s work on requests for historic districts, NCD, and creating a unified vision for the more than half dozen neighborhoods in this area.

Presentation by Preservation Officer Question and Answer regarding Historic Districts vs Neighborhood Conservation Districts.

How to achieve the vision of this area and updates on city staffing.

The Planning Department will have maps of all of the possible historic district expansion areas. They will also explore several options of how to market and identify historic neighborhoods to the public and bring greater value to these neighborhoods.


For more information please contact Alexander Adams
City of Miami Planning Department, Preservation Officer

Phone:  305.416.1445

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South Florida Transit Summit

Jan 12th, 2011 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Ft Lauderdale Airport Sheraton


Dear Transportation Professional: You owe it to yourself, your company, and your career to attend this event where you will have the opportunity to confer with key transit leaders, network with your peers and learn about important opportunities. Anyone who is anyone in the South Florida transportation community will be at the January 12 WTS Luncheon where the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) is providing an unprecedented lineup of local, state and national transit leaders.  

Individuals, please register online by clicking above. To reserve a table for ten for $350, please email Jessica today before too late.  The very full program will start with a panel discussion featuring the four major transit systems in South Florida. We have firm RSVP’s from the following:

Harpal Kapoor Miami-Dade Transit CEO
Tim Garling Broward County Transit CEO
Chuck Cohen PalmTran CEO
Joe Giulietti Tri-Rail CEO

With High Speed Rail and Reauthorization, Florida finds itself at ground zero in the battle for the future of public transportation in the United States. The following transit luminaries will be attending and share briefly about their active efforts to advance public transportation in Florida:

Art Guzzetti:  APTA Vice President - Policy.  Washington DC

Thomas Hart: U.S. High Speed Rail Association VP and General Counsel - Washington DC

Micheal Steep: Transportation 4 America National Outreach - Washington DC

Brad Ashwell: Florida PIRG

Carla Coleman: ULI South Florida CEO

This event is expected to capture national transit media attention because FPTA, in partnership with APTA, has chosen this WTS luncheon to unveil its groundbreaking campaign, which involves identifying and recruiting at least 100,000 pro-transit Floridians.  The campaign will be launched in Florida before being ramped up as a national effort. SFWTS Board Member Denis Eirikis is IM4Transit Campaign Director, and will moderate the panel discussion and presentations.


Parking is included in the ticket price. Please obtain your parking validation at the event sign-in table.

Hotel Accommodations:

For those coming in from out-of-town, please click here and book online or call (866) 716-8105 and mention SET# 347058.

WTS Corporate Sponsorship:

Help support WTS’ mission of advancing women in transportation by becoming a SFWTS sponsor today! Corporate or independent sponsorships are available at all times for WTS supporters. Your contributions go towards helping develop our chapter while also providing marketing and financial incentives for you and/or your firm. If you want to learn more about becoming a SFWTS Sponsor, please contact Jessica Josselyn by email at or by phone at 954-828-1730.


$30 for public employees and members

$40 for non-members

$15 for students

It is very important that we get as many people as possible to attend this meeting. Please spread the word if you would like to see a more pedestrian-friendly Brickell Avenue.

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Transit Miami welcomes former writer (and my partner in The Street Plans Collaborative) Mike Lydon as he gives a lecture about parking and parking policy reform in South Miami this coming Wendesday, December 1, 2010. Mike served as a member of the City of Miami’s Bicycle Action Committee, where he helped spearhead the creation of the city’s first Bicycle Action Plan, and contributed to the creation of the first cyclovia in Miami, Bike Miami Days. He currently serves on an Executive Committee for Transportation Alternatives-one of the country’s leading active transportation advocacy organizations, and is a board member for the CNU New York Chapter. 

Location: South Miami City Hall, 6130 SW 72nd Street (Sunset Drive)

Presentation followed by questions

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The Miami Downtown Development Authority and the City Miami Planning Department invite you to a public workshop regarding the Miami Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan. Pursuant to State law, the City of Miami is conducting an “evaluation and appraisal” of its comprehensive plan, which serves as a long-range land use policy guide. Planning Department staff will provide information about this process and hear your ideas about Downtown Miami’s most significant planning needs. This is an important opportunity to help shape our City’s future!

When: Monday, December 6, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Where: Miami DDA, 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2929

RSVP: Sarah Ingle, Miami DDA

Additional information:

What is the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)?

The Florida Growth Management Act requires Comprehensive Neighborhood Plans throughout the state to be assessed periodically to determine how the plans are working and what areas need updating. The EAR process is not a revision of the zoning ordinance. Revision of the zoning ordinance was recently completed by the adoption of the Miami 21 Code in October of 2009. This assessment process is known as the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) and must be completed every 7 years to assess the City’s progress on areas including, but not limited to, Public Works, Capital Improvements, Transportation and Housing. The EAR process allows us to collect valuable information to revise the City’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan to better address the City’s needs.

What is the Purpose of this Public Meeting?

Public input is an important component of the evaluation process and is where city planners learn about major issues facing your neighborhoods. Your participation in this process will lead to a thorough evaluation and serve as a base towards updating the Comprehensive Plan to meet the needs of our residents.

Why Should I Participate?

The EAR is your opportunity to share your knowledge and concerns about the City’s needs. This is also an opportunity to learn more about the issues that shape the City’s future and to better understand the planning process.

City of Miami EAR website –

Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue

It’s been a little over a year now since a Bike Miami Days event has taken place in downtown. If you enjoy these free community events come out and show your support on Sunday, Nov 14th. Start by inviting your friends and family, help spread the word because if you don’t there’s no telling when the next Bike Miami Days will be.

Bike Miami Days is a City of Miami initiative to promote a healthy, active community based on livable streets and the growing urban neighborhood that is DWNTWN. It’s free, family-friendly, and a lot of fun. Bike Miami Days is an open street event for walking, cycling, skating, and enjoying your DWNTWN.”
Free bike rentals courtesy of DecoBike and BuddyBike will be available at Mary Brickell Village.

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Representative Luis Garcia will host a meet and greet to discuss the FDOT Brickell Avenue resurfacing project this Thursday, October 21 at Lolita’s.

If you live, work, or play on Brickell Avenue it is important that you attend this meeting. This project will have a tremendous impact on your daily lives and on businesses that operate in the area.

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We may soon have a ciclovía event in the Fort Lauderdale area, closing down some streets on a Sunday to fill them with people bicycling and walking. Even if you didn’t make it to the initial planning session last month, it’s not too late to get involved in making an event like this happen. The discussion continues tonight at the Broward County Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting, which starts at 6:30 PM in the Broward County Government Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The BPAC meetings are always open to the public and happen the second Wednesday of every month, same time, same place.

A big thanks goes out to Katherine Moore for a great presentation at the September BPAC that got everyone enthused and ready to go! With your help, perhaps we can come close to what she accomplished by starting Bike Miami Days.

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When: Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Holiday Park - Social Center, 1150 G Harlond Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Please contact Elizabeth Chang @ for more information.

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The below commentary was sent to us by a Transit Miami reader in response to today’s article in the Miami Herald.

As a transit advocate adding regional rail along the FEC corridor just makes common sense. We need all Transit Miami readers to show their support by attending one of the FDOT meetings this week in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Let’s go with one voice that tri-rail should be expanded and run along the eastern FEC line in addition to the current western CSX line. Tri-rail already has the experience, staff, trains, repair personnel, etc and adding additional options for travelers will help everyone. Having one type of train system allows one operator, less total investment, flexibility, and regional rail ties into the state system for high speed rail. Don’t let Orlando and Tampa steal all of the Florida rail money. Approving regional rail will help SE Florida’s bid to receive federal money for high speed rail.”

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold public hearings on the South Florida East Coast Corridor Study at five locations:

• West Palm Beach Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., Tuesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m.

• North Miami Beach, McDonald Center, 17051 NE 19th Ave., Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Boca Raton Community Center, Royal Palm Room, 150 Crawford Blvd., Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Sept. 21, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m.

• Fort Lauderdale, Holiday Park Social Center, 1150 G. Harold Martin Dr., Sept. 22 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m.


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There has been a bit of miscommunication and FDOT will not be present at the Brickell Homeowners Association meeting next week. My sincerest apologies for the misunderstanding.

Regardless, anyone that lives, works, or plays around the Brickell area is welcome to join our lively discussion regarding the upcoming Brickell Avenue resurfacing project that will begin early next year. Please join the Brickell Homeowners Association and Transit Miami on Wednesday September 15 @ 7:00pm at the Metropolitan Condominium located at 2475 Brickell Avenue. We need everyone’s support in order to convince FDOT to do the right thing. We look forward to seeing you there.

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The Broward chapter of the US Green Building Council will be hosting a public meeting on the topic of Planning for Sustainable Communities: Transit, Bicycles, and Pedestrians. Join us on August 17 at 6pm (District IV’s auditorium on 3400 West Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale), from 6-8pm.

The meeting is just $10 for members of the public and includes the opportunity to corner your favorite FDOT officials at the free food & bev table!

The panel will be as follows:

Here’s the official spiel:

“On March 15, 2010, United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood released a public statement which stated: “Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized….And our ongoing inter-agency DOT-EPA-HUD partnership on sustainable communities actively encourages planning for walkability and bikability. We think livability means giving folks the flexibility to choose their own mobility.”  And with that simple statement, DOT has embarked upon a seismic shift in transportation policy by unequivocally endorsing an increased commitment to and investment in bicycle facilities and walking networks to help meet goals for cleaner, healthier air; less congested roadways; and more livable, safe, cost-efficient communities.  Stated otherwise, federal funding will begin to favor transportation modes that are designed and planned to move people, not just cars; discourage urban sprawl; and produce less carbon emissions.”

We hope to see you there.

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