The City of Miami Bicycle Action Committee is getting stronger, more formalized and more focused. At May’s monthly meeting, the group asked member Richard Cahlin to become our official Chair. Bicycle Coordinator Collin Worth will take on the roll of Recording Secretary and will be updating the website, BikeMiamiBlog.wordpress.com more frequently, with the help of members. (In case you missed it, the Bike Miami Days Team has become the Open Streets Project, with their own blog at openstreets.wordpress.com)
Collin gave us some good updates:
- The new Director of Capital Improvements, Alice Bravo (formerly of FDOT), is working with the County Water & Sewer Department to get the support we were promised for the Virginia Key North Point trails project. Commission Chair Marc Sarnoff (still the only commissioner to send a representative to the meeting) communicates to us that he is on top of the lobbying effort, as well.
- Bike Lanes on NE 2nd Ave remain ‘about to break ground’. Funded by stimulus dollars, we think it may just be the Biscayne Blvd reconstruction that is holding it up. Soon (!?) we’ll have bike lanes from NE 20th to 84th Streets.
- FDOT is finalizing/fixing their portion of Coral Way. Bike lanes were striped incorrectly, leading to confusion among road users of the 2 and 4-wheel varieties so FDOT is blocking out the mistaken portions with black paint.
Also, bike racks are coming! Collin worked hard on a grant from the federal government that will fund ALL of the bike racks requested by the City of Miami Bicycle Master Plan. He tells us racks will go up at schools first and promises that they will be the ‘right kind’, as identified in the Plan. Where do you think a rack needs to go in the City of Miami? NOW is the time to email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. He asks that you get your request in by Monday, June 7th.
Bike Miami Days will return in the Fall, probably in September. City of Coral Gables Commissioner Ralph Cabrera wants to partner up with Miami and link the cities. How wonderful would that be?
City of Miami bicycle jerseys will be available in a few months for sale with all proceeds to benefit programs in the City of Miami. The committee asked if we, the South Florida Bike Coalition, would take in the money for these projects and we are cheerfully looking into how that might work.
SFBC also came up with an idea for a City of Miami public service message campaign that the committee would like to see on those new Clear Channel digital billboards. BAC members generally would rather not have digital billboards but if we get free space, SFBC suggests they say, simply, “Bicycle more.” What do you think?
Each month, the BAC focuses on a particular issue and drafts a white paper on the topic. This month, I was asked to draft the paper on the topic of bike corrals – where on-street parking lanes are converted to high-capacity bike parking through the use of curbs and/or temporary lane dividers, bike racks and signage. It’s not dissimilar from scooter parking and is short-term solution for busy areas. I like the idea of promoting the launch of a demo project for people to look at in one of the city’s denser retail streets.
From Miami-Dade County: Jeff Cohen reports that signs for Bike Route 1 / Commodore Trail off-road leisure path are being finalized to be ready to go up behind City of Miami City Hall. We hope they go up soon! This is a pretty place to enjoy the public waterfront and we think way-finding signage is always important, but particularly on recreational routes that need to nudge sometimes if they are to be discovered.
If you live, work, ride in the City of Miami, we encourage you to contact your commissioner and get involved with the BAC. It’s a great way to serve your community-