A Public Meeting in South Miami today could mean new bicycle lanes on Sunset Drive, also known as Marjory Stoneman Douglas Historic Road. FDOT’s required neighborhood public meeting to address their proposed work on the roadway takes place from 6-8pm tonight. It is structured so that you can drop in at any point to meet with FDOT officials and consultants working on the project and share any thoughts you may have.
While bike lanes are not an end in and of themselves, particularly on this heavily trafficked roadway, it is my belief that implementation of such facilities (as requested by the Miami-Dade Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee) will be improve conditions for all road users by promoting cycling, slower motor traffic speeds and more complete streets. For more information about the meeting or how you can support the project even if you cannot attend, please see my post on TransitMiami.com here. Event is also on Facebook.
Also tonight: the Miami Open Streets Team (MOST), a small, dedicated group of activists who championed the return of Bike Miami Days in the City of Miami, will host their regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting at the Wallflower. The group, which I co-lead, is understandably a bit nervous these days. The big event is less than a month away and the city seems to be dumping the coordination of this massive community event on the city’s bicycle coordinator. Do they really think he doesn’t have enough on his plate already? Or perhaps, the city now sees this event as just a bone to throw at bicyclists, rather than the massive family arts/culture/parks/health/music/community event that it has become?
More to follow, as always. Hope to see some of you tonight!